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  • Published: 1 April 2012
  • ISBN: 9780553820652
  • Imprint: Bantam
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $19.99

The Calling of the Grave

(David Hunter 4)




Forensics expert Dr David Hunter returns in Simon Beckett's menacing new Sunday Times bestselling thriller.

When DI Terry Connor turns up on David Hunter's doorstep, it's an unwelcome reminder of the past in more ways than one. The two used to be friends before Connor's behaviour caused a bitter rift. And the news the policeman brings is even less welcome: the psychotic rapist and murderer Jerome Monk has escaped from high security prison.
Monk's is a name all too familiar to Hunter. Eight years before he'd part of an ill-fated Body Recovery team assembled to try and find the graves of Monk's teenage victims on the bleak expanse of Dartmoor. Only one of the missing girls' bodies was ever found, and Monk's own controversial involvement in the search led to more failure and a violent denouement. And now Monk is on the loose - and seems to be targeting anyone involved with the original search.
Then Hunter receives a mysterious appeal for help from Sophie Keller, a young woman who also worked on the operation, he suddenly finds that the past is far from dead and buried. Neither the events unfolding now, nor those from all those years ago, are quite as they seem. And as the maniac's bloody trail edges ever closer, Hunter is forced to question who he can really trust. Especially when his own life depends on it...

  • Published: 1 April 2012
  • ISBN: 9780553820652
  • Imprint: Bantam
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Simon Beckett

Simon Beckett is the No.1 international bestselling author of the David Hunter series: The Chemistry of
Death, Written in Bone, Whispers of the Dead, The Calling of the Grave, The Restless Dead and The Scent of Death. His books have been translated into 29 languages, appeared in the Sunday Times top 10 bestseller lists and sold over 10 million copies worldwide. A former freelance journalist, he has written for The Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent on Sunday and Observer. The inspiration for the first David Hunter novel came after a visit to the world-renowned Body Farm in Tennessee introduced him to the work of forensic anthropologists. Joint-winner (with Arne Dahl) of Europe’s largest crime fiction prize – the Ripper Award 2018/19 – he has also won the Raymond Chandler Society’s Marlowe Award and been short-listed for the CWA Gold Dagger, CWA Dagger in the Library and Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year awards. He is
also the author of several stand-alone novels including Stone Bruises and Where There's Smoke. Simon Beckett lives in Sheffield.

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Praise for The Calling of the Grave

As bone-chillingly bleak as its subject... this doesn't disappoint

FINANCIAL TIMES

Deeply unnerving... a writer who clearly relishes raising our pulse rates while lowering our blood temperature

BARRY FORSHAW

As bone-chillingly bleak as its subject...this doesn't disappoint

FINANCIAL TIMES

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