In the pitch dark, 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 - indications suggest that the victim was still alive when they were removed. Flea and DI Jack Caffery 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.More
"Hayder ... is at least Thomas Harris' equal." (Daily Telegraph)
"Hayder's fifth novel is full of the trademarks that made her name: expertly deployed shock tactics, excellent research, a cast of physically, mentally or morally damaged characters, and two sympathetic protagonists with painful past lives." (Guardian)
"Intensely enthralling stuff, but I'm glad I'm only inhabiting Hayder's mind at a reader's remove." (Observer)
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A dark psychological thriller
Andrew Wincott's narration made it a pleasure to listen. His regional accents were completely credible.
The Walking Man is someone I would like to know more about, he is fascinating.
There were many scenes that were so well written that it was easy to imagine being there. Mossy getting his hands removed was extremely disturbing for that very reason. It gave me a whole new appreciation for having mine.
It was certainly a book that I looked forward to resuming.
- paula bailey