(David Hunter 5)
Forensics expert Dr David Hunter returns in the menacing, skin-pricklingly tense new crime thriller from Simon Beckett - the number one bestselling author of The Chemistry of Death.
'Atmospheric . . . a tense, gripping read' Sunday Times
It's not the dead we need to fear. . .
Top forensics expert Dr David Hunter is facing an uncertain future - his career hangs in the balance and his personal life has taken a turn for the worse. So when he gets a call from Essex police, it comes at the perfect time.
A badly decomposed body has been found in the mudflats and salt marshes of the Backwaters. Could it be linked to two unsolved missing-person cases?
But as these desolate wetlands begin to give up their grisly secrets, more remains are discovered.
With its eerie, claustrophobic sense of place, authentic forensics and explosive, heart-in-mouth moments, The Restless Dead is a masterclass in crime fiction.
“Beckett is one of the country’s best crime writers… His books are intelligent, beautifully written and utterly gripping.”
“Atmospheric . . . a tense, gripping read.”
“The forensics are chillingly authentic, the writing is both taut and beautifully atmospheric.”
ANN CLEEVES, bestselling author of the Vera Stanhope series
“Beckett is one of the country’s best crime writers . . . His books are intelligent, beautifully written and utterly gripping.”
“An utterly absorbing, atmospheric mystery that will keep you guessing to the very last page. It's no surprise that millions of readers devour Simon Beckett's books - he's a terrific writer.”
ANTONIA HODGSON, author of the award-winning The Devil in the Marshalsea
“Disturbing, tense, and entertaining . . . Simon Beckett is a literate and dexterous novelist. The Restless Dead is a luxuriously dark and compelling read. It's also highly addictive.”
“I always enjoy books with a strong sense of place and The Restless Dead has that in bucket-loads. Simon Beckett makes excellent use of the creeks and tides of a desolate but strangely beautiful area of coast . . . the plot is clever and well-constructed. The forensic detail . . . is as gruesome as it is fascinating and will no doubt go down well with anyone who – like me – enjoys reading anything by Kathy Reichs.”