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By Linwood Barclay

Hailed as “a suspense master” by way of Stephen King, Linwood Barclay now finds the darkish facet of a small town—and the even darker secrets and techniques that disguise there...

It’s been months on the grounds that deepest investigator Cal Weaver’s teenage son Scott died in a sad coincidence. Ever because, he and his spouse have drifted aside, fracturing a as soon as general lifestyles. Cal is mired in grief, a grief he can’t movement earlier. and perhaps his grief has clouded his judgment. simply because using domestic one evening, he makes his first significant mistake.

a woman soaking wet in rain faucets on his motor vehicle window and asks for a journey as he sits at a stoplight. even supposing he is aware a fortysomething guy determining up a teenage hitchhiker is a idiot, he we could her in. She’s an analogous age as Scott, and perhaps she will aid Cal locate the broker who bought his son the medicine that killed him. After a short cease at a roadside diner, Cal senses that something’s now not correct with the lady or the placement. yet it’s too past due. He’s already involved.

Now Cal is drawn right into a nightmare of discomfort and suspicion. whatever is horribly fallacious within the small city of Griffon in upstate big apple. There are too many secrets and techniques there, too many lies and cover-ups. And Cal has made up our minds to show these secrets and techniques one by means of one.

That’s his moment monstrous mistake.

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Dennings answered. ‘Inspector Guilbert’s applied for a warrant to gain access to them, but of course Brundall’s GP has already confirmed that he had cancer. ’ Horton interpreted what Trueman had left unsaid: we can’t go any faster no matter how much Dennings wants to steamroller events. Trueman added, ‘The forensic team are still working on the boat but they confirm Maidment’s report that the gas cooker pipe was loosened. It could have happened during the fire, but they don’t think so. ’ Trueman nodded his agreement.

The big man looked as though he hadn’t had any sleep, and only a change of clothes told Horton he had been home. Horton doubted if John Guilbert had even had that luxury. ’ And that will go down like a lukewarm lager on a hot summer’s night. Maybe he should call Guilbert and warn him, Horton thought as Trueman walked in. Uckfield hauled himself off the desk. ’ Trueman looked as if he was about to say ‘with pleasure’ then obviously thought better of it. ’ ‘On his way. ’ Horton pointedly consulted his watch.

He should be afraid, Horton thought, recalling how he’d once come close to beating him to a pulp. ‘We’ve had the results of the PM,’ Horton said tersely. He was damned if he was going to address Uckfield by his rank, especially in front of Shawford. ‘I’d better be going,’ Shawford mumbled and scuttled away like a startled crab. Horton despised him even more than he thought he possibly could. Uckfield drew Horton away from the bar and the proximity of the banqueting suite. ’ Horton couldn’t resist saying.

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