A woman vanishes in the fog up on 'the Hill', an area locally known for its tranquillity and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man and even a dog disappear no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet cathedral town. Young policewoman Freya Graffham is assigned to the case, she's new to the job, compassionate, inquisitive, dedicated and needs to know - perhaps too much.
She and the enigmatic detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler have the task of unravelling the mystery behind this gruesome sequence of events. From the passages revealing the killer's mind to the final heart-stopping twist, The Various Haunts of Men is an astounding and masterly crime debut and is the first in what promises to be magnificent series featuring Simon Serrailler.
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"Susan Hill has always been able to tell a good story...and we should be delighted that she has turned her formidable talent to crime writing. This is the first of what promises to be a splendid series" (Daily Mail)
"A relentless capacity to surprise... Introduces many individual people who will continue to stare back at the reader long after the book is closed" (Times Literary Supplement)
"This book must be judged as a potential successor to the great sequences of detective writing by PD James and Ruth Rendell...excellent" (Daily Telegraph)
"The novel is not only a gripping whodunit but a subtle study of the mind of a psychopath" (Daily Mail)
"The Various Haunts of Men confirms Hill's status as a mistress of literary disguise" (Scotsman)
A new departure by one of our most accomplished fiction writers. This is the first of a series of three crime novels featuring the English policeman Simon Serrailler. It has 'popular' and 'bestseller' written all over it.
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Book Description 2005-06-02., 2005. Book Condition: New. Vintage. New edition. Paperback. Book: GOOD. 560pp. . Bookseller Inventory # NF-1611687