The latest conspiracy thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author.
Jack Whalen was an LAPD patrol cop for twelve years. He left in difficult circumstances and now he’s not really sure what he is. He’s not too sure about his wife, either – when she goes missing on a routine business trip to Seattle, Jack heads up there to find her: only to discover she’s not really missing after all.
Over the coming days it becomes increasingly clear that something has changed, however – and is still changing. Jack is meanwhile contacted by a childhood acquaintance, Gary Fisher. Fisher’s a lawyer now, and wants help in solving an odd little mystery concerning a businessman’s will. The further Jack digs, the bigger the mystery seems to be – and the stranger Fisher becomes.
And in Oregon, a ten-year-old girl goes missing. It gradually becomes clear that she’s at least partly in control of the situation, however – and also that she’s very far from defenceless.
One man ties these three stories together. We’re all haunted by the shadows of our pasts – Jack Whalen more than most – but as he is eventually to discover, the truth may go back a lot further than he ever realised.
Michael Marshall is a novelist and screenwriter. Before writing the internationally bestselling novels ‘The Straw Men’, The Lonely Dead’ and ‘Blood of Angels’, he had already established a successful career under the name Michael Marshall Smith: his groundbreaking first novel, ‘Only Forward’, won the Philip K. Dick and August Derleth Awards, and its critically acclaimed successors ‘Spares’ and ‘One of Us’ have been optioned by major Hollywoood studios. He lives in North London with his wife, son and two cats.
”'A jaw-dropping mystery that makes a hairpin turn on nearly every page” - Entertainment Weekly
”'A good, taut thriller, with lots of action and a very gripping ending; Marshall takes the reader with him on the investigation with a great deal of guile and style.” - Guardian
”'Devilishly clever … a tautly crafted page-turner of the highest order.” - Bookpage
”'Bestseller Marshall outdoes his own high standards with this potent blend of suspense, paranoia and just plain creepiness … a provocative and supremely intelligent thriller” - Publishers Weekly
”'Sinister” - Mirror
”'Captures a sense of the menacing inevitable … one of the more bracingly depressing tales of mystery and terror to have been published in recent years” - Time Out
”'Subtle, satisfying - and really scary.” - Kirkus Reviews
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'A definite page-turner - and a terrifying discourse on the nature of human evil and the darkness among us … this is as fierce as thriller writing can get.' Guardian -
”'The taut pace, crisp style and ever-present sense of menace are those of a top-drawer thriller.” - Telegraph
”'Marshall is a cracker at writing tense, rich scenes.” - Observer
”'Just when you think there’s nothing new under the sun in the world of the suspense novel, along comes one hell of a nasty spider called The Straw Men. It’s brilliantly written and scary as hell. Be the first on your block to stay up all night with this one; it’s a masterpiece, reminding us that even paranoids really do have enemies.” - Stephen King