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Ruth Galloway is shocked when she learns that her old university friend Dan Golding has died tragically in a house fire. But the death takes on a sinister cast when Ruth receives a letter from Dan written just before he died.
The letter tells of a great archaeological discovery, but Dan also says that he is scared for his life. Was Dan’s death linked to his find? The only clue is his mention of the Raven King, an ancient name for King Arthur.
Then Ruth is invited to examine the bones Dan found. Ruth travels to Lancashire–the hometown of DCI Nelson–with both her eighteen-month-old daughter, Kate, and her druid friend, Cathbad, in tow. She discovers a campus living in fear of a sinister right-wing group called the White Hand. She also finds that the bones revealed a shocking fact about King Arthur–and they’ve mysteriously vanished. When Nelson, visiting his mother in Blackpool, learns about the case, he is drawn into the investigation, especially when Ruth and his beloved Kate seem to be in danger. Who is willing to kill to keep the bones a secret?
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A memorable, breathless race against time...One of the most cinematic finales in recent British crime novels (Daily Telegraph)
Griffiths weaves superstition and myth into her crime novels, skilfully treading a line between credulity and modern methods of detection (Sunday Times)
An admirably gutsy heroine (The Times)
Ruth Galloway is one of the most interesting new characters on the crime fiction scene (Good Book Guide)
All will enjoy Ruth's largely self-aware sardonic perspective on life, death, and relationships. (Publishers Weekly)
Once again, Griffiths does a great job of drawing us in to the chaotic, fractured world of Ruth Galloway, her unconventional, loveable heroine (CurledUp)
WINNER OF THE 2016 CWA DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY. When murder strikes close to home, Dr Ruth Galloway is determined to find justice - without ending up in the firing line herself. A nailbiting new adventure for fans of Val McDermid and Ann Cleeves.
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- PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
- Publication date2013
- ISBN 10 0547798164
- ISBN 13 9780547798165
- Number of pages392