'Imaginative and disturbing' The Times.
'An intriguing read, with a bold and surprisingly moving ending' Guardian.
'Strikingly original plot and characters' The Sunday Times.
'Simply superb' Joan Smith.
From the Inside Flap
It's as if he's being mocked from beyond the grave... When John Nichols arrives to identify the body of an old friend, he is instantly caught up in the wreckage of Alan Musgrave's life. This is the side of Paris the tourists don't see, where everyone has a past but very few count on a future. But what can he expect from a man who bled to death in his own excruciating S&M stage show? Now there's a maverick police lieutenant on the prowl who thinks that Musgrave was murdered. Guérin might not look like much, but he's one of the few honest officers on the force. As the horrific extent of police abuse is revealed, the race is on to find the link between a slew of apparent suicides - and the key to it is buried deep in Nichols' past. Signalling the arrival of a major new talent in crime fiction, Bed of Nails does for Paris what James Ellroy did for vintage America, shining a light as never before on the seedy underbelly of La Ville Luminère.