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Into thin air…
Three little girls, one by one, had vanished from the farming village of Dendale. And Superintendent Andy Dalziel, a young detective in those days, never found their bodies—or the person who snatched them. Then the valley where Dendale stood was flooded to create a reservoir, and the town itself ceased to be…except in Dalziel’s memory.
Twelve years later, the threads of past and present are slowly winding into a chilling mosaic. A drought and dropping water table have brought Dendale’s ruins into view. And a little girl has gone missing from a nearby village. Helped by Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe, an older, fatter, and wiser Dalziel has a second chance to uncover the secrets of a drowned valley. And now the identity of a killer rests on what one child saw…and what another, now grown, fears with all her heart to remember….
One woman dead and one threatening to die set Yorkshire’s police superintendent Dalziel and Inspector Pascoe on a chilling hunt for a killer and a potential suicide. A drunken Dalziel witnesses the murder that others insist is a tragic accident. Meanwhile the letters of an anonymous woman say she plans to kill herself in a spectacular way…unless Pascoe can find her first. Dalziel has been picked to play God in a local Mystery Play, but can he live up to his role by solving this puzzling psychological thriller…or unveiling the passions and perversions that lie hidden in the human heart?
A fast-moving, stunning new stand-alone psychological thriller from the award-winning author of the Dalziel and Pascoe series.
Wolf Hadda’s life has been a fairytale. From humble origins as a woodcutter’s son, he has risen to become a hugely successful entrepreneur, happily married to the girl of his dreams. But knock on the door one morning ends it all.
Universally reviled, thrown into prison while protesting his innocence, abandoned by friends and family, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later prison psychiatrist Alva Ozigbo makes the breakthrough. Wolf begins to talk and under her guidance gets parole, returning to his rundown family home in rural Cumbria. But there’s a mysterious period in Wolf’s youth when he disappeared from home and was known to his employers as the Woodcutter. And now the Woodcutter is back, looking for the truth—and with the truth, revenge. Can Alva intervene before his pursuit of vengeance takes him to a place from which he can never come back…?
It starts with a phone call to Superintendent Dalziel from an old friend asking for help. But where it ends is a very different story.
Gina Wolfe has come to mid Yorkshire in search of her missing husband, believed dead. Her fiancÉ, Commander Mick Purdy of the Met, thinks Dalziel should be able to take care of the job. What none of them realize is how events set in motion decades ago will come to a violent head on this otherwise ordinary summer’s day.
A Welsh tabloid journalist senses the story he’s been chasing for years may have finally landed in his lap. A Tory MP’s secretary suspects her boss’s father has an unsavory history that could taint his son’s prime ministerial ambitions. The ruthless entrepreneur in question sends two henchmen out to make sure the past stays in the past. And the lethal pair dispatched…[more]
In the Beginning was the Word…And the Word was Murder.
A motorist dies after plunging off a bridge…. A motorcyclist is found dead after a fatal encounter with a tree. Two apparently innocuous tragedies…until two Dialogues are submitted to a local literary competition, claiming responsibility for the deaths. But has anybody heard the Word?
When a beautiful, unscrupulous journalist meets her Maker in fact, and then in fiction, as victim of The Third Dialogue, Dalziel and Pascoe take note and find themselves involved in a deadly duel of wits against an opponent known only as the Wordman: a brilliant sociopath who leaves literary clues in his wake…and who hides in plain sight.
Contestants, are you ready? …[more]
Inspector Peter Pascoe is busy eulogizing his recently deceased grandmother when Detective Superintendent Andrew Dalziel is called up to Wanwood House, the research headquarters of ALBA Pharmaceuticals, to investigate human remains unearthed by a pack of animal rights activists. The ANIMA members and their wire-cutter-brandishing leader have already been connected to several pharmaceutical lab raids, including one that left a security officer dead. No one, however, has been able to conclusively tie them to the crime.
Irresistible impulse leads Dalziel to accept an invitation to the home of ANIMA’s formidable chief, Cap Marvell, as celebrated for her heroic chest as she is for her rampaging zest. It’s lunchtime when the Fat Man arrives, with time aplenty to endure a tofu entree and savor carnal desserts. As Pascoe receives his grandmother’s postmortem confessional, he’s plunged into…[more]