Homicide cop Charlie "Bird" Parker was drunk when the killer known as the Travelling Man dissected his wife and his daughter. Parker's guilt and obsession with revenge have taken him well beyond the law, causing him to beat a pimp to death and accept the friendship of a notable hitman. Yet his old colleagues know that any one of them might have gone down the same path, in the same circumstances, and they and FBI man Woolrich still find him and his obsessions useful. Leaving mayhem and destruction in his wake, Parker finds every private investigation he takes leading him back to his family's killer--is this an obsession, or is he treading a maze of murder built just for him? And can the obsessed Parker accept the love of a bright woman pathologist without wrecking her life as well? Small Virginia towns with guilty secrets, the drugs deals that unite smart New York society with the madness of a decadent Mafia dynasty, the very different gang wars of New Orleans and the mysteries of the Louisiana swampland--this is an intelligent book packed with puzzles, characters and brilliantly visualised locations that most thriller-writers would have spun out for a series. --Roz Kaveney
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Buy it and be scared (The Times
A genuine, gripping page-turner which shreds the nerves and is certain to be one of the thrillers of 1999. (Mike Ripley, Crime Critic of the Daily Telegraph
An ambitious, moral, disturbing tale with a stunning climax. (Marcel Berlins, The Times
Fantastic - he has raised the standard of modern crime writing (J Wallis Martin)
Painstaking research, superb characterisation, and an ability to tell a story that's chilling and thought provoking make this a terrific thriller (Mirror
A stunning debut . . . EVERY DEAD THING ensnares us in its very first pages and speeds us through a harrowing plot to a riveting climax. I'm already impatient for Bird's next appearance. (Jeffery Deaver)