The seventh book in the acclaimed William Dougal crime series, from CWA Dagger winner Andrew Taylor.
When private detective William Dougal is asked by a young doctor, Graham Hanslope, to investigate a case of blackmail, he suspects - quite rightly - that crucial information is being withheld. Visiting the doctor's country cottage, Dougal finds the small village community seething with suspicions and rivalry.
A local hit-and-run incident, adultery and a spate of burglaries lead inexorably to murder. All the evidence points in one direction, but Dougal, as usual, comes up with another answer, one so bizarre it will be almost impossible to prove...
Andrew Taylor is a master story-teller. - Daily Telegraph
Well modulated, enjoyable criminous entertainment - Guardian
This simple summary does not do justice to the complexity, nor to the subtlety with which the author portrays his characters . . . this is undoubtedly Andrew Taylor's best book yet - Evening Standard
Enjoyable voyeuristic peep at greedy, back-scratching local community - Guardian
Keen, quirky, dying-fall entertainment. - The Sunday Times
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