From the prize-winning author of Richard and Judy Book Club novel, The American Boy, this is the first in the acclaimed Lydmouth crime series, set on the Welsh/English border in the confusing years after the Second World War.
Andrew Taylor has worked as a boatbuilder, wages clerk, librarian, labourer and publisher's reader. He has written many crime novels as well as children's books and lives with his wife and their two children in the Forest of Dean, on the borders of England and Wales.
'The most under-rated crime writer in Britain today' -- Val McDermid 'Captures perfectly the drab atmosphere and cloying morality of the 1950s ... Taylor is an excellent writer. He plots with care and intelligence and the solution to the mystery is satisfyingly chilling' -- The Times 'There is no denying Taylor's talent, his almost Victorian prose exudes a quality uncommon among his contemporaries... his eye for detail and an enviable ability to dissect relationships and communal habits make for a pleasurable read' -- Time Out 'Engrossing launch of a series... Taylor subtly weaves the threads of this thoughtful, melancholy tale until they become an interlaced whole before the reader's eyes' -- Publishers Weekly