The sixth book in the acclaimed William Dougal crime series from CWA Dagger winner, Andrew Taylor.
Now working with his old rival, Hanbury, in a private detection agency, Dougal is given the task of finding missing publisher Oswald Finwood. Has he done a runner from his lover, the daughter of Dougal's boss? What does his estranged wife know about it? And who is the mysterious A.J. McQuarm with whom Finwood had an appointment on the day he disappeared?
The deeper private detective Dougal digs, the murkier the investigation becomes - especially after the first body turns up...
Taylor keeps the enigma literate and unflagging to a lively disclosure. - The Sunday Times
Literate sleuthing and some sharp, well-aimed digs at the publishing scene. - The Times
Well-modulated, enjoyable criminous entertainment. - Guardian
Ingenius whodunwhat . . . strong on quirkiness and puzzle solving - Literary Review
Andrew Taylor is a master story-teller. - Daily Telegraph
A bestselling crime writer, Andrew Taylor has also worked as a boatbuilder, wages clerk, librarian, labourer and publisher's reader. He has written many prize-winning crime novels and thrillers, including the William Dougal crime series, the Lydmouth crime series, the ground-breaking Roth Trilogy - which was televised as ITV's Fallen Angel - and several standalone historical crime novels.
His many awards include the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger in 2009 for sustained excellence in crime writing, an Edgar Scroll from the Mystery Writers of America, and the Crime Writers' Association Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, which he has won twice - most recently for his bestselling Richard & Judy Book Club novel, The American Boy, which was also selected for The Times Top Ten Crime Novels of the Decade. Bleeding Heart Square won Sweden's Martin Beck Award, the Golden Crowbar.
Andrew Taylor is also the crime fiction reviewer of the Spectator. He lives with his wife in the Forest of Dean, on the borders of England and Wales. To find out more, visit Andrew's website, www.andrew-taylor.co.uk, and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/andrewjrtaylor