Stunning new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of The Straw Men.
When ex-LAPD patrol cop Jack Whalen’s wife goes missing on a routine business trip to Seattle, his world is shaken.
Meanwhile, a ten-year-old girl vanishes from a beach in Oregon after an encounter with a sinister stranger – but it gradually becomes clear that she’s very far from defenceless.
Searching for answers in the shadowy secrets of a past that still haunts him, Jack discovers that the truth has roots deeper and darker than he ever feared.
Michael Marshall is a full-time writer. His novels include The Straw Men, The Lonely Dead and Blood of Angels, and he also writes short stories and screenplays. Two of his earlier novels written under the name of Michael Marshall Smith, Spares and One of Us, have been optioned by major Hollywood studios. He lives in North London with his wife and their son.
Praise for Michael Marshall: -
'A definite page-turner - and a terrifying discourse on the nature of human evil and the darkness among us…this is as fierce as crime 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
'A staggering, suspenseful journey through the darkness of American crime … succeeds in revitalising the serial killer novel with assured gusto… A new beginning for a major British writer, whose crime debut instantly moves him into the Thomas Harris division' Guardian -
‘Brilliantly plotted, stunningly written…I read this in one go…if this isn't a hit, I am a monkey's uncle. And I don't think I am’. Independent on Sunday -