On a chill November day in Sheffield, Bobby Stephens, an eight-year-old boy is kidnapped. That same day, in Bolton, two men have a tense meeting in Heywood Park. In Liverpool, a woman breaks into a house to search its contents. All are strands in a tantalising mystery, and it seems to Chief Inspector Sandy Woodings that Margaret Stephens, the boy's mother, knows more than she is telling him. As the hunt proceeds, the paucity of evidence becomes alarming. Woodings feels personally involved, his own son, Gerry, is of the same age as Bobby. And Woodings' marriage is on the rocks. Then a bizarre note arrives, addressed to Margaret Stephens and the murders begin. This is the first book in a thriller trilogy, which also features the novels "Sweet Summer" and "Tiger Tiger."
Frank P Ryan is a multiple-bestselling author, in the UK and US. He is the author of the bestselling epic fantasy series, The Three Powers, in which each book is intended to read as an adventure in itself while also continuing the momentum of the series. The first two titles in this series, The Snowmelt River and The Tower of Bones, have been very well received, going to no 5 in the Amazon Kindle epic fantasy bestseller list and attracting lots of fans as well as enthusiastic reviews. The Third title, The Sword of Feimhin, will be published by Jo Fletcher Books (Quercus) in 2014. More information at www.frankpryan.com.
His other fiction includes the thrillers Goodbye Baby Blue and Tiger Tiger, which gathered fine reviews, including The Sunday Times, and his contemporary novel, Taking Care of Harry, explored the themes of mental illness and love in old age. His books have been translated into many languages and have been the subject of more than a dozen television features and documentaries. His science fiction novel, The Doomsday Genie, asks if the Genetic Age, with all of its potential for human good, might also bring with it a threat every bit as dangerous as the atomic bomb.
In addition to writing, Frank has directed his own commercial art gallery and has retained strong links with the artistic community. His philosophy is based on the importance of fun in everybody's daily life. He is married with two children.