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A chilling new case for Simon Serrailler In this gripping crime novel, bestselling writer Susan Hill takes us inside the the mind of a deranged killer as the police search for the murderer of a vulnerable old woman

How do you catch a killer who doesn't seem to exist?

One snowy night in the cathedral city of Lafferton, an old woman is dragged from her bed and strangled with a length of flex.

DCS Simon Serrailler and his team search desperately for clues to her murderer. All they know is that the killer will strike again, and will once more leave the same tell-tale signature.

Then they track down a name: Alan Keyes. But Alan Keyes has no birth certificate, no address, no job, no family, no passport, no dental records. Nothing.

Their killer does not exist.

'As addictive as Rankin' Scotsman


Not all great novelists can write crime fiction but when one like Susan Hill does the result is stunning

Ruth Rendell

Eagerly awaited by all aficionados of crime fiction

P.D. James

The real joy of the Serrailler series is Serrailler himself…rich in incident and intrigue

Christopher Bray, Express

Arguably one of the UK’s best crime fiction writers

Pride Magazine

Hill is, as ever, a true writer and a true storyteller… Her writing, never fancy or over-elaborate, is sweet and and clear and true, lifting the story above mass-market mass-killer lit

Sophia Waugh, Spectator

This is a crime series that specialises in side-stepping conventions, always to exhilarating effect.. The books succeed in harnessing all the genre's addictive power while maintaining a complexity and fascination all their own


The crime part of the novel…is very good. But as in all these books, we are also engaged in the continuing story of the Serrailler family… All this gives the novel a much richer texture than is usual in crime fiction…(Susan Hill) writes as an honest and disturbing witness to our times

Allan Massie, Scotsman

Hill has a keen eye for description, an accurate ear for conversation and an innate understanding of relationships

Washington Post

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  • Paperback


    December 2, 2013


    368 pages

    RRP $19.99

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    October 25, 2012

    Vintage Digital

    384 pages

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