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When a teenage couple are found murdered in their car, a boy called Adam Sligo is the only suspect. The letter A is found blazoned on the wall at the murder scene and is soon followed, around town, by the other letters of the alphabet, each immaculately painted in red. What do the letters mean? Is Sligo playing games with the police? Or putting a spell on the town? Perry Scholes is mixed up in all this from the start: a man haunted by cars and death - and photographic images of both. He trawls the motorways and edgelands listening to police radio, getting to the car-crash or the crime scene before them. He makes a living selling these shots to the papers. He is the one who spots the painted letters, and begins to document their appearances. As the town is paralysed by fear and paranoia, a vigilante cult emerges, arming itself for the battle against evil. Perry finds himself trapped in a nightmare. A killer is at large, and the alphabetical messages he leaves seem to be personal messages for him.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099483786
ISBN-10: 0099483785
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 130mm x 17mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Michael Symmons Roberts

Michael Symmons Roberts has published two novels and four collections of poetry, including Corpus, which won the Whitbread Poetry Award. He is a frequent collaborator with the composer James Macmillan, with whom he wrote Edgelands.

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