Ritual

Just after lunch on a Tuesday in April, nine feet under water, police diver Flea Marley closes her gloved fingers around a human hand. The fact that there's no body attached is disturbing enough. Yet more disturbing is the discovery, a day later, of the matching hand. Both have been recently amputated, and the indications are that the victim was still alive when they were removed. DI Jack Caffery has been newly seconded to the Major Crime Investigation Unit in Bristol. He and Flea soon establish that the hands belong to a boy who has recently disappeared. Their search for him - and for his abductor - lead them into the darkest recesses of Bristol's underworld, where drug addiction is rife, where street-kids sell themselves for a hit, and where an ancient evil lurks; an evil that feeds off the blood - and flesh - of others ...

Review:

Mo Hayder is inimitable. She surpasses even Ruth Rendell in her ability to find horror in everyday things... Intensely enthralling OBSERVER A vivid and thorough exploration of the clash between ancient superstition and modern science, with plenty of thrills and chills along the way GUARDIAN A combination of irresistible prose and hateful subjects makes Hayder's books not-to-be-missed bestsellers LITERARY REVIEW Expect plenty of blood, gore and black magic DAILY MIRROR If it's real terror you're after, Mo Hayder is your woman... Hayder is a brave writer and she requires brave readers DAILY MAIL
Author:
Mo Hayder

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Just after lunch on a Tuesday in April, nine feet under water, police diver Flea Marley closes her gloved fingers around a human hand. The fact that there's no body attached is disturbing enough. Yet more disturbing is the discovery, a day later, of the matching hand. Both have been recently amputated, and the indications are that the victim was still alive when they were removed. DI Jack Caffery has been newly seconded to the Major Crime Investigation Unit in Bristol. He and Flea soon establish that the hands belong to a boy who has recently disappeared. Their search for him - and for his abductor - lead them into the darkest recesses of Bristol's underworld, where drug addiction is rife, where street-kids sell themselves for a hit, and where an ancient evil lurks; an evil that feeds off the blood - and flesh - of others ...

Review:

Mo Hayder is inimitable. She surpasses even Ruth Rendell in her ability to find horror in everyday things... Intensely enthralling OBSERVER A vivid and thorough exploration of the clash between ancient superstition and modern science, with plenty of thrills and chills along the way GUARDIAN A combination of irresistible prose and hateful subjects makes Hayder's books not-to-be-missed bestsellers LITERARY REVIEW Expect plenty of blood, gore and black magic DAILY MIRROR If it's real terror you're after, Mo Hayder is your woman... Hayder is a brave writer and she requires brave readers DAILY MAIL

Product details

Author:
Mo Hayder
Format:
Paperback
Imprint:
Bantam
Publisher:
Transworld Publishers (Random House)
ISBN:
9780553820430
Series Title:
Jack Caffery
Series Number:
3
Audience:
General
Pages:
560
Width (mm):
127
Length (mm):
198
Additional Info:
Mo Hayder has written some of the most terrifying crime thrillers you will ever read. Her first novel, Birdman, was hailed as a 'first-class shocker' by the Guardian and her follow-up, The Treatment was voted by the Times one of 'the top ten most scary thrillers ever written'. In 2012 Gone won the prestigious Edgars Best Novel award. Mo left school at 15 and has worked as a barmaid, security guard, English teacher, and even a hostess in a Tokyo club. She has an MA in film making from the American University in Washington DC and an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University. She now lives in England's West Country and is a full-time writer. For more information on Mo Hayder and her books, see her website at www.mohayder.net

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