The eighth book in the acclaimed William Dougal crime series, from CWA Dagger winner Andrew Taylor.
William Dougal, the amoral but appealing private detective, is on the road to respectability: he is a responsible father and holds down a job. This happy state of affairs suffers a rude setback, though, when he kills a man during a squabble. The killing may have been unpremeditated, but Dougal has no intention of going to the police; instead he is left with the task of disposing of a large, unwieldy body, currently lying on the floor of his girlfriend's house.
Then, out of the night, his old rival and current employer Hanbury arrives, a man uniquely qualified to assist with this sort of problem. Indeed, Hanbury is delighted to help a friend in need, but as always there is a price. A price, as Dougal is to discover, higher - and more dangerous than expected.
Beautifully measured . . . Taylor's understated thriller generates a dark, hypnotic pull - Time Out
This author knows precisely how to wield suspense - Independent on Sunday
Taylor makes the tasteless a very tasty dish indeed. - The Sunday Times
Shameless but engaging - Observer
Funny, suspenseful, engagingly amoral. Splendid example of the devil not only having the best tunes, but several top soloists to play them. - Literary Review
Well modulated, enjoyable criminous entertainment - Guardian
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