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  • Published: 15 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9780099499282
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

The Shadows in the Street

Simon Serrailler Book 5

The fifth in the series of bestsellers featuring Simon Serrailler, The Shadows in the Street is Susan Hill's most electrifying crime novel yet, another gripping and psychologically acute story set in the darker side of a cathedral town.

Simon Serrailler is on sabbatical on a Scottish island, recovering from an exhausting murder investigation, when he is urgently summoned back to Lafferton. Two local prostitutes have been found strangled. By the time Serrailer has reached the town, another girl has vanished. Is this a vendetta against prostitutes by someone with a warped mind? Or a series of killings by an angry punter? Then the wife of the new Dean at the Cathedral goes missing – has the killer widened their net or is there more than one murderer at large?

  • Pub date: 15 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9780099499282
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Susan Hill

Susan Hill has been a professional writer for over fifty years. Her books have won awards and prizes including the Whitbread, the John Llewellyn Rhys and the Somerset Maugham, and have been shortlisted for the Booker. She was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Honours. Her novels include Strange Meeting, I’m the King of the Castle, In the Springtime of the Year and A Kind Man. She has also published autobiographical works and collections of short stories as well as the Simon Serrailler series of crime novels. The play of her ghost story The Woman in Black has been running in London’s West End since 1988. She has two adult daughters and lives in North Norfolk.


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Praise for The Shadows in the Street

“A crime tale with an emotional core”


“Susan Hill has a genius for evoking atmosphere and suspense, and her characters are so real that the reader is caught up not only in the mystery but in the drama of their lives, in this her most exciting crime novel yet”


“Nothing's quite as it seems, except Hill's brilliantly compelling prose”

Daily Mirror

“Susan Hill's Serrailler novels, with their persuasively-drawn copper and his equally well-rounded family, are real treats”

Barry Forshaw, Daily Express

“There's something reassuringly Victorian about Hill's literary values”

Jane Jakeman, Independent

“Susan Hill is extremely rare if not unique in having achieved enormous literary success in two genres, that of so-called straight novels and crime fiction... deeply engrossing and enjoyable”

Antonia Fraser, The Lady


Lesley McDowell, Herald

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