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by Bauer, Belinda, 1962-

Format: Print Book 2011
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
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In bleak midwinter, the people of Shipcott are shocked by the murder of an elderly woman in her bed. As snow cuts off the village, local policeman Jonas Holly is torn between catching a brutal killer and protecting his vulnerable wife, Lucy.

When the inquiry is commandeered by an abrasive senior detective, Jonas finds himself derided by his colleagues and ashamed to admit to Lucy that he's been sidelined. It seems his first murder investigation may be over before it's begun. But when he receives a series of increasingly sinister anonymous notes, Jonas is thrust back into the center of the case. Someone in the village is taunting him, blaming him for the tragedy. Someone thinks he's not doing his job; someone seems to know every move he makes. And soon Jonas has to ask: Who's hunting who?
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This is Bauer's second novel to be set in the small Exmoor hamlet of Shipcott, after her prizewinning Blacklands (2008). When an elderly paralyzed woman is murdered in her bed, local policeman Jonas Holly turns over the investigation to a team of homicide detectives led by the abrasive Inspector Marvel, who soon starts humiliating Jonas in front of the villagers who have known him all his life. In addition, Jonas is dealing with the deteriorating condition of his wife, who suffers from MS and who recently tried to kill herself. When there are more murders of the sick and the elderly, the investigative team as well as the townspeople begin to unravel. Bauer creates a grim atmosphere as she conjures a small town isolated by the moors, the snow, the darkness, and murder. Like Minette Walters, Bauer excels at depicting the psychology behind the crimes, and she's not afraid to take some bold risks with her plotline. Melding the classic horror setting of a small, rural town with an atmosphere of creeping dread, this is sure to appeal to both crime-fiction and horror fans.--Wilkinson, Joanne Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Bauer (Blacklands, which was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger) joins such contemporary masters of psychological suspense as Ruth Rendell and Minette Walters with her twisted and tricky second novel, set in the Somerset village of Shipcott. When someone uses a pillow to suffocate Margaret Priddy, who was paralyzed below the neck after a riding accident three years earlier, Det. Chief Insp. John Marvel, the cynical head of the local CID, chews out an inexperienced police constable, Jonas Holly, for contaminating the crime scene. Some suspect a mercy killing, possibly by her son, a corrections officer. Apart from Marvel's scorn, Holly must contend with beloved wife Lucy's multiple sclerosis as well as the taunts of the killer, who leaves insulting notes that call his professional abilities into question. More deaths follow, and tension among the police ratchets up. The shattering conclusion pulls no punches and will leave many readers stunned, even as they realize how everything fits together. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Police -- England -- Fiction.
Serial murder investigation -- Fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Suspense fiction.
Publisher New York :Simon & Schuster,2011
Edition 1st Simon & Schuster trade pbk. ed.
Language English
Notes Includes reading group guide.
Description 287 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781451612752 (alk. paper)
1451612753 (alk. paper)
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