Dark Places

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9780060594237: Dark Places

Paul Wood is trekking with another backpacker in the Annapurna Range of the Himalayas when they find the still-warm body of a Canadian with his skull smashed in and a swiss army knife plunged into each eye. An extraordinarily brutal and unusual crime, except that Paul has seen such a death before. His girlfriend was murdered in Cameroon two years before and her eyes had been mutilated in an identical way.

Another terrible similarity: the local authorities are not interested in investigating a murder of and by foreigners and the crimes are barely reported. And if Paul has been a witness to two murders, how many more victims are there lying in the third world who have not been discovered? Using every means he can, Paul tries to uncover the killer. But it may be someone he knows. And that means the killer could find him first...

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You're hooked. Evans contrives to slip the necessary specialist net-head detail into the plot without being boring or patronising. He can also pin down a character with a few details deftly brushed in. . . The characters are delightfully delineated by their speech patterns . . . beautifully controlled . . . Not the least satisfying aspect of this pacy thriller for the 21st century is the way things go on happening until the last page. ( The Times)

You're hooked. Evans contrives to slip the necessary specialist net-head detail into the plot without being boring or patronising. He can also pin down a character with a few details deftly brushed in. . . The characters are delightfully delineated by their speech patterns. . . beautifully controlled. . . Not the least satisfying aspect of this pacy thriller for the 21st century is the way things go on happening until the last page. ( The Times)

'A clever interesting read that you can take your time over. One can only hope that this, the first novel by Jon Evans, is not the last.' - (Bolton Evening News)

In this haunting, suspense debut, Evans takes the reader on a page-turning adventure (Publishers Weekly)

An original two-way hunt with moments of real suspense scattered across the wildest reaches of the planet (Hector Macdonald)

A taut thriller . . . He keeps you guessing and leaves you with the uncomfortable realisation of just how plausible all this could be. A real page-turner (Ms London)

TRAIL OF THE DEAD is engaging, disturbing, and relentless - an impressive debut novel. (C.J. Box, award-winning author of WINTERKILL and TROPHY HUNT)

This is a stunning debut novel from a thriller writer to watch . . . a breathtaking thriller (Western Daily Press)

TRAIL OF THE DEAD is engaging, disturbing, and relentless - an impressive debut novel. (C.J. Box, award-winning author of WINTERKILL)

I was completely gripped. As the plot unfolded, I found myself constantly surprised. Jon Evans's plotting is excellent, and he has obviously travelled widely - all the details are clearly authentic and I found myself interested in the locations as much as the plot. The internet aspect of the story was intriguing, and at the end all the strands were tied up perfectly. I never wanted to put the book down. (Emily Barr)

I was completely gripped. As the plot unfolded, I found myself constantly surprised. Jon Evans's plotting is excellent, and he has obviously travelled widely - all the details are clearly authentic and I found myself interested in the locations as much as the plot. The internet aspect of the story was intriguing, and at the end all the strands were tied up perfectly. I never wanted to put the book down, and I was almost glad I was ill, so I had the chance to read it quickly. (Emily Barr)

From the Publisher:

Jon Evans is an amazing and original writer, finding the weaknesses in the modern world for evil to creep in. His plots are scary plausible.

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