'An exceptional debut from an exciting new talent. David Mark is an original and captivating new voice' Val McDermid.
'Fast-moving and tightly plotted ... an extremely promising debut' Guardian.
'Carefully plotted ... an imaginative, colourful supporting cast ... an engaging page-turner' Manchester Evening News.
'An unusual and accomplished debut' Daily Mail.
'One of the most accomplished debut novels I have read recently ... David Mark has the potential to be one of the stars of British crime writing' Shots.
From the Inside Flap
Hull, East Yorkshire. Two weeks before Christmas, an elderly man - the only survivor of a fishing trawler tragedy 40 years before - is found murdered at sea. In a church, a young girl - the last surviving member of a family slaughtered during the conflict in Sierra Leone - is hacked to death with a machete. A junkie, who fled the burning house where he had set his family alight, is found incinerated on a rundown council estate. Someone is killing sole survivors in the manner they had escaped death. And it falls to Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy of Humberside CID to find out whom. McAvoy, despite being a six-foot-five, man mountain of a police officer, is not your typical bullish detective. A shy, gentle giant, he is a family man obsessed with being a good and decent cop; more dab hand with a database than gung-ho with a gun - traits that have seen him become increasingly isolated from his colleagues in the force. Desperate to prove his worth, McAvoy knows he must establish the motive behind the killings if he is to have any chance of pinning the perpetrator. And he must do so quickly, as this twisted yet ingenious killer appears to have an appetite for murder.