Forensic supremo David Hunter is chafing from the after-effects of the gruesome events of his last assignment and has made an ameliorative journey to the research faculty at which he polished his skills: the institution known as the Body Farm in Tennessee. Hunter receives a request from the man who polished his forensic skills to take a trip to a crime scene – a cabin in the woods, miles from anywhere. The grisly scenario that awaits him there is all too redolent of the horrors he has encountered in the past (the victim’s body is in an advanced state of decomposition, but it has been bound and tortured). Shortly after, a second corpse is discovered, and David Hunter is once again treading familiar territory involving lethal mind games with an ingenious and relentless psychopath.
Simon Becket fans will know what to expect from Whispers of the Dead – and if the squeamish are wise enough to steer clear (as they should always do with this writer), the rest of us will have a grimly suspenseful and (it has to be admitted) exhilarating time. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Beckett is one of the country's best crime writers... His books are intelligent, beautifully written and utterly gripping" (Sunday Express)
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From the Inside Flap
In America to escape London and the violence that nearly killed him, forensics expert David Hunter has returned to the research facility where he trained the Body Farm in Tennessee. He needs to know whether he's still up to the job of confronting death in all its strange and terrible forms.
So when his former mentor invites him to accompany him to a crime scene, he agrees. He'll be there as an observer, so what could possibly go wrong?
But even he is unprepared for what awaits them in the remote cabin out in the woods. The victim has been bound and tortured, the body has decomposed beyond recognition. Although fingerprints seem to identify the killer, Hunter is uneasy: nothing is quite as it should be.
Then a second body is found. And it becomes clear that the investigating team faces a nightmare of deception and misdirection. Hunter knows they're dealing with a killer who is dangerously familiar with the intricacies of forensics. As the death toll rises and tensions mount, he is pushed deeper into the heart of a desperate manhunt. But has he met his match? This time is David Hunter on the trail of a maniac who simply cannot be stopped?
Shocking, cunning and heart-stoppingly exciting, Whispers of the Dead is a crime thriller of the highest order from a No.1 international bestselling storyteller.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
'In plain black letters were the words Anthropological Research Facility, but it was better known by another, less formal name. Most people just called it the Body Farm...'
In America to escape London and the violence that nearly killed him, forensics expert David Hunter needs to know whether he is still up to the job of confronting death in all its strange and terrible forms.
Then a body is found in a remote cabin out in the woods. And then another...
Pushed deep into the heart of a terrifying manhunt, Hunter begins to wonder if they're on the trail of a maniac who simply cannot be stopped?
Shocking, cunning and heart-stoppingly exciting, this is the new crime thriller from this No.1 international bestselling storyteller.
About the Author
Simon Beckett is the bestselling author of three thrillers featuring forensics expert Dr David Hunter. In 2002, he went on an assignment for the Daily Telegraph Magazine to Tennessee's world-famous Antropological Research Facility - the Body Farm. As well as providing the inspiration for David Hunter, what he saw and learned there, together with his meticulous approach to research, helps make his novels so frighteningly authentic.
For more information, visit www.simonbeckett.com