By Stuart MacBride
The gritty new standalone crime novel from the No. 1 bestselling writer of Shatter the Bones and darkish Blood Detective Constable Ash Henderson has a gloomy mystery! 5 years in the past his daughter, Rebecca, went lacking at the eve of her 13th birthday. A yr later the 1st card arrived: selfmade, with a Polaroid photo caught to front -- Rebecca, strapped to a chair, gagged and terrified. each year one other card: every one worse than the final. The tabloids name him The Birthday Boy. He's been snatching women for twelve years, consistently within the run-up to their 13th birthday, sending the households his do-it-yourself playing cards displaying their daughters being slowly tortured to dying. yet Ash hasn't informed somebody approximately Rebecca's birthday playing cards -- all of them imagine she's simply run clear of domestic -- simply because if a person reveals out, he'll be taken off the research. And he's sacrificed an excessive amount of to renounce prior to his daughter's killer will get what he merits!
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We welcomed Janet as one of us; took her under the communal wing, and she soon was one of us. She started dating Jeth, fishing guide and handyman, then moved her houseboat up to Jensen’s Marina on Captiva after a spat. But her relationship with Dinkin’s Bay Marina continued. She’d stop by several times a week. She never missed the marina’s traditional Friday party, and she was one of the few people I trusted to look after my lab and fish tanks when I was away. Janet had found a way to find her way.
We lay there in silence for a time. Beyond the canvas canopy I’d rigged to keep off the dew, I could see the black horizon lifting, pausing, then falling out of a black sky. I wondered as I’d wondered before: What had it been like for Janet? As I wrestled with all the horrible scenarios, Janet was there in memory, her pudgy, girlish face alive in my mind and her sensitive eyes, green and kind, looking directly into mine. I remembered the smell of the musky perfume she sometimes wore. Remembered the distinctive cocoa-butter scent of body cream, and how, when she was excited or telling a joke, she punctuated her sentences by combing her fingers through her hair.
I said, “And you said there are two other boats reported missing? ” “Not missing, just reported overdue. The other two boats, they’ve been accounted for already. ” SAR—search and rescue. The uniformed branches love acronyms. A language that outsiders can’t understand empowers and insulates. He said, “The watch officers have formatted check-off sheets. When someone calls in an overdue vessel, there’re standard questions and we check the little boxes off the list one by one. Where’d the vessel leave from?