Chris Simms returns with his biggest and most powerful novel to date.
DI Jon Spicer's investigation into the vicious slaying of a Russian asylum-seeker grinds to a halt when the man's identity turns out to be false. It seems the only truth to his story was the fact he was found drifting off the British coast in a small boat.
Before the man's true identity can be discovered, more asylum-seekers start to die - each murdered in the same horrific way. By the time Spicer realises what links the men, he knows there's a trained assassin at large who's desperate to guard a secret of enormous magnitude. And when he ignores MI5's warnings to back-off, Jon also realises, too late, he's now the target of a man whose sole purpose is to kill.
And all the while, a series of heartbreaking and enigmatic messages are being found after drifting in from the sea - slowly revealing the horrific plight of a group of refugees trapped on a raft.
Powerful, compelling and poignant, this is the most unmissable outing to date for DI Jon Spicer.
Chris Simms is married with four children and works as a freelance copywriter. His acclaimed novel KILLING THE BEASTS was selected as a Best Crime book for 2005 by SHOTS magazine. His second novel PECKING ORDER was selected as a Best British crime novel by Deadly Pleasures magazine. Chris Simms lives in Marple, near Manchester.