When the rains came they found the girl's face. Just her face. At least that was how it appeared...
From the Richard & Judy Book Club-selected author of A QUIET BELIEF IN ANGELS.
On a summer evening in 1954, 16-year-old Nancy Denton walked into the woods of her hometown of Whytesburg, Mississippi. She was never seen again.
Two decades on, Sheriff John Gaines witnesses a harrowing discovery. A body has been unearthed from the riverbank, perfectly preserved, yet bearing evidence of a brutal ritualistic killing. Nancy has come home at last.
Already haunted by his experiences in Vietnam, Gaines must now find out what really happened to the beautiful and vivacious Nancy. As he closes in on the truth, Gaines is forced to not only confront his own demons, but to unearth secrets that have long remained hidden. And that truth, so much darker than he could ever have imagined, may be the one thing that finally destroys him.
Voodoo and murders and gothically imposing southern dynasties ... There are moments of genuine chills, fearsomely speedy page-turning and real humour ... an enjoyable summer read - OBSERVER
Ellory is a powerful talent - INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
This compelling novel, with its shock denouement, is both beautifully written and skilfully crafted and confirms Ellory as one of crime fiction's new stars - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
As thrilling as a ride on the Coney Island Cyclone - MAIL ON SUNDAY
R.J. Ellory sets out his stall with terrific vim and a gripping premise in his latest thriller ... an energetic and winning exercise in pulp fiction with a Southern Gothic flavour - METRO
Ellory's a mighty talent who writes insightfully about love and redemption and loss and damnation - PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH
R.J. Ellory is a critically acclaimed author whose novels include the bestselling A Quiet Belief in Angels, which was a Richard & Judy Book Club selection and won the Nouvel Observateur Crime Fiction Prize.
Ellory's novels have been translated into twenty-six languages, and he has won the USA Excellence Award for Best Mystery, the Strand Magazine Best Thriller 2009, the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year for A Simple Act of Violence, the St Maur Prize, the Avignon Readers' Prize, the Livre de Poche Award and the Quebec Laureat. He has been shortlisted for a further thirteen awards in numerous countries, including four Daggers from the UK Crime Writers' Association.
Despite the American setting of his novels, Ellory is British and currently lives in England with his wife and son.
To find out more visit www.rjellory.com or follow him on Twitter @rjellory