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Publisher's Summary

In each of her previous 10 critically acclaimed and hugely popular novels, Minette Walters has explored the dark terrain of the human psyche to give us thrillers of exceptional psychological complexity and suspense. Now, in The Devil's Feather, she gives us her most unexpected and electrifying novel yet. In 2002, five women are discovered barbarously murdered in Sierra Leone. Reuters Africa correspondent Connie Burns suspects a British mercenary: a man who seems to turn up in every war-torn corner of Africa, whose reputation for violence and brutality is well-founded and widely known. Connie's suspicions that he's using the chaos of war to act out sadistic, misogynistic fantasies fall on deaf ears -- but she's determined to expose him and his secret.
The consequences are devastating.
Connie encounters the man again in Baghdad, but almost immediately she's taken hostage. Released after three desperate days, terrified and traumatized by the experience -- fearing that she will never again be the person she once was -- Connie retreats to England. She is bent on protecting herself by withholding information about her abduction. But secluded in a remote rented house, where the jealously guarded history of her landlady's family seems to mirror her own fears, she knows that it is only a matter of time before her nightmares become real.
With its sinuous plot, its acutely drawn characters, and its blistering suspense, The Devil's Feather keeps us riveted from first to last.
©2006 Minette Walters (P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Masterful." (Kirkus)
"Agatha Christie with the gloves off." (Publishers Weekly)
"Walters successfully keeps the suspense high." (Library Journal)
"Walters really knows how to write convincing, ever-escalating psychological suspense." (Booklist)
"The story is so involving...that you hardly realize how skillfully Walters has worked her unifying theme into three intersecting plot lines." (The New York Times)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Yennta on 12-27-06

Just Stunning!

This is a first rate, riveting psychological thriller. The writing is clear and evocative, the READER is absolutely wonderful with a delicate sly nuanced style perfect for this book. I love the main characters, the protaganist is believable and remarkable at the same time. If you like Nevada Barr or Lisa Scottoline you'll love this -- although this is somewhat better writing. If you like Ruth Rendell you'll love this -- although nobody writes better psychology or thrillers than she does.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kathleen on 03-22-07

A Real Novel & Mystery Thriller

This is a great listen, the characters are highly crafted, the plot incredible to the last word... whatever negative reviews there are must be looking for a fast moving book... this is the older tradition of unfolding and moving within the multiple plots a Peroit quest by an upstart smart woman journalist ~ and yes the first chapter is explored in depth later in the book so you will read all about it ~ but the prose is beautiful and the narration one of the finest on audible ~ English country side, old families with and without money, new politics and a taste of ad hoc terrorism delivered in a personal psychopathic way and rewarded twice over :) ~ If you love Mo Hayder's books, or Shadow of the Wind, this book is for you.

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