By Stuart MacBride
The gritty new standalone crime novel from the No. 1 bestselling writer of Shatter the Bones and darkish Blood Detective Constable Ash Henderson has a gloomy mystery! 5 years in the past his daughter, Rebecca, went lacking at the eve of her 13th birthday. A 12 months later the 1st card arrived: home made, with a Polaroid photo caught to front -- Rebecca, strapped to a chair, gagged and terrified. each year one other card: every one worse than the final. The tabloids name him The Birthday Boy. He's been snatching ladies for twelve years, regularly within the run-up to their 13th birthday, sending the households his home made playing cards exhibiting their daughters being slowly tortured to loss of life. yet Ash hasn't instructed an individual approximately Rebecca's birthday playing cards -- all of them imagine she's simply run clear of domestic -- simply because if someone unearths out, he'll be taken off the research. And he's sacrificed an excessive amount of to renounce sooner than his daughter's killer will get what he merits!
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Mind you, no one in their senses could suspect him, but it’s unfortunate all the same. While we were waiting for the police, Dr. Ingram came over to suggest that we ought not to say anything about it. A nice mess we’d get Dr. Baguley into with that kind of hanky-panky! I pretended not to understand. ’ That shut her up all right. And that’s what I did. I told the truth. But I wasn’t going any further. If the police want gossip they can go to Mrs. ” inquired Miss Sharpe. “It’s Bolam I’m worried about.
And how did one answer that? ” And what did that mean? Dear God, what didn’t it mean? No more smell of polish and napkins. No more need to propitiate the second-floor harpy in case she were needed to answer that bell. No more watching the electricity meter and wondering whether it were really cold enough for that extra bar of the fire. No more thanking Cousin Enid for her generous cheque twice a year, the one in December that made such a difference to Christmas, the one late in July that paid for the hired car, the expensive hotel which catered for invalids who could afford to pay for being a nuisance.
The superintendent? Perfectly polite, I must say. One of those lean, bony faces. Very dark. I didn’t say a great deal. You could see he’s used to smarming things out of people. Mrs. Shorthouse was with him for hours and I bet he got plenty out of her. Well, I wasn’t playing that game. ” “That’s all very fine, Bea, but you know what the Steen is. There’s enough gossip without adding to it. None of the doctors liked her and nor did anyone else as far as I know. But that’s no reason for killing her.