In a forgotten corner of a rainlashed park in Amsterdam, the body of a tramp is found. The police can find no name nor any obvious cause of death. Only the scarring on his body suggests he is the latest victim of a serial killer terrorizing the city. Detective Ronald van Hijn has just one lead: the phone number of a young Englishman. Jon Reed is summoned from London to identify the body and tell van Hijn what he can about the man he knew as Jake Colby. But Jon is determined to do much more for his mysterious friend. Soon he's uncovering a horrific history of terror and mass murder rooted in Europe's murky past. And the killer is still on the loose.
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When the body of a tramp, Jake Colby, is found in a secluded Amsterdam park, Dutch police detective Ronald Van Hijn believes that this is the ninth victim of the serial killer stalking the city. Yet, all previous victims were young, female and beautiful. What could have made the killer change his MO?
On the corpse Van Hijn finds contact details for Jon Reed, an Englishman who befriended Jake in London shortly before the murder. Van Hijn summons Jon to Amsterdam to identify the body and so sets him on his own journey of discovery.
Was Jake really a tramp? What revelation about his identity led him to a life on the streets? And did his fate lie not in the hands of a serial killer but in the horror of the Holocaust death camps some 60 years before?
The Devil's Playground is a thought-provoking debut crime thriller from a stunning new young talent.Review:
'A page-turner of a thriller’ -- Metro
'Impressive … a meditation on representations of violence decanted into a crime thriller’ -- Time Out
‘A gifted writer … deserves to be the thriller of the summer’ -- Economist
‘Ambitious, audacious, powerful’ -- Observer
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0141014067