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Years ago, young Tracey Pedley disappeared in the woods around Burrthorpe. The close-knit mining village had its own ideas about what happened, but the police pinned it on a known child-killer who subsequently committed suicide.
Now Burrthorpe comes to police attention again. A man’s body is discovered down a mine shaft and it’s clear he has been murdered. Dalziel and Pascoe’s investigation takes them to the heart of a frightened and hostile community. But could the key to the present-day investigation lie in the past when little Tracey vanished into thin air...?
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‘These novels last, like a grand malt whisky’
Mail on Sunday
‘One of Britain’
most consistently excellent crime novelists’
‘One of the masters of the modern police procedural’
When young Tracey Pedley vanished in the woods around Burrthorpe, the close-knit community had their own ideas about what happened, but Deputy Chief Constable Watmough has it down as the work of a child-killer who has since committed suicide – though others wondered about the last man to see her alive and his fatal plunge into a disused mine shaft.
Returning to a town he left in anger, Colin Farr's homecoming is ready for trouble, and when a university course brings him into contact with Ellie Pascoe, trouble starts. . .
Meanwhile, Andy Dalziel mutters imprecations on the sidelines, until a murder in Burrthorpe mine forces him to take action that brings him up against a hostile and frightened community . . .
‘Reginald Hill stands head and shoulders above any other writer of homebred crime fiction’
TOM HINEY, Observer
‘Their [Dalziel and Pascoe's] double act is one of the delights of English crime fiction.‘
MARCEL BERLINS, The Times
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Book Description HarperCollins Canada, Limited, 1998. Paperback. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0006511732