Publication: HarperCollins Publishers, 2003, London
First edition. Signed by the author. Fine in fine dust jacket. University student Emma Renshaw was last seen more than two years ago while on her way home to Derbyshire. Surprisingly, Emma's blood-stained mobile phone is found. Meanwhile, As Detective Sergeant Diane Fry investigates this case, Detective Constable Cooper is investigating burglaries around the village of Withens, when the battered corpse of Neil Oxley, one of Emma's ex-housemates, turns up on the nearby moors. The two cases seem to be connected, but both detectives struggle with dysfunctional families as the Renshaws refuse to accept their daughter is most likely dead, and the Oxleys reject talking to authorities preferring to hide their deep, dark secrets inside their clandestine clan. CWA Dagger winner.
Inventory Number: 29122