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Suspense, intrigue and a classic love triangle set against the brooding atmosphere of a remote tarn in the Lake District, from the author of STILL WATER. Adam Turner is an investigative journalist plagued by the memory of a girl who vanished from the town where he grew up. When he is asked to look into a suspicious car accident in which three students were killed, he sees a chance to exorcise the demons that have haunted him since his youth. Past and present rapidly collide as Adam finds himself in conflict with the friend who once betrayed him and the very emotions he's tried to avoid for years come rapidly to the surface. Amid the rugged landscape of the fells and the surrounding forests the tension escalates, breeding violence...

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780007139361
ISBN-10: 0007139365
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 111mm x 25mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 7-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


UK Kirkus Review » Adam Turner is a successful investigative journalist who specializes in finding lost children. But he is not happy. As yet another relationship fails to thrive, and Adam is forced to confront himself, he comes to realize that his pattern of behaviour was set far back in the past, when he failed to intervene on behalf of a girl he believed to be in danger. On the surface, his childhood in the Lake District was idyllic. At a deeper level, it was stained by violence and envy. Circumstances require him to return to the village where he grew up. Once there, Adam cannot avoid unravelling the mystery which has haunted him for so long. In the process, treacherous secrets are brought to light, as well as the body of a murdered gypsy girl. This competent thriller has a good plot line. The protagonist is a pleasant fellow and the murder itself is not given detailed attention. What intrigues Adam, and by extension the reader, is the uncovering of layers of motive: finally, Adam's reconstruction of the deadly game reveals each character in his or her proper position. This is not great detective fiction but it is sufficiently entertaining to be read with some pleasure. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Stuart Harrison

Stuart Harrison was born and grew up in England. He lived in New Zealand for many years before returning to England to write his first novel, THE SNOW FALCON. He has now settled back in Auckland with his wife and two sons, where he writes full time.

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