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Publisher's Summary

Jack Whalen was an LAPD patrol cop for 12 years. He left in difficult circumstances, and now he's not really sure what he is.

He's not too sure about his wife either. When she goes missing on a routine business trip to Seattle, Jack heads up there to find her, only to discover she's not really missing after all. Over the coming days, it becomes increasingly clear that something has changed, however, and is still changing. Jack is meanwhile contacted by a childhood acquaintance, Gary Fisher. Fisher's a lawyer now, and wants help in solving an odd little mystery concerning a businessman's will. The further Jack digs, the bigger the mystery seems to be, and the stranger Fisher becomes.

Meanwhile, in Oregon, a 10-year-old girl goes missing. It gradually becomes clear that she's at least partly in control of the situation, however, and also that she's very far from defenceless.

One man ties these three stories together. We're all haunted by the shadows of our pasts - Jack Whalen more than most - but as he is eventually to discover, the truth may go back a lot further than he ever realised.

©2007 Michael Marshall; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK

Critic Reviews

"Marshall is a cracker at writing tense, rich scenes." (Observer)
"The taut pace, crisp style, and ever-present sense of menace are those of a top-drawer thriller." (Telegraph)
"A definite page-turner, and a terrifying discourse on the nature of human evil and the darkness among us....this is as fierce as crime writing can get." (Guardian)

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