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When the decaying body of a murdered women is discovered in a suburban house, DI Wesley Peterson has problems establishing her identity. But as he digs deeper, he has another more disturbing case to investigate - the naked bodies of two teenagers have been found with gunshot wounds at the foot of a cliff.

Both cases become stranger when Wesley realises they are linked to a sinister manhunt, mirroring events from the Napoleonic Wars. Why did the teenage victims take part in an online game called Blood Hunt, which they were eventually persuaded to play for real?

Then a skeleton is found near the place where the teenagers were last seen alive and Wesley finally has to face a terrible truth...and a hunt to the death


"A riveting page turner. If you still haven't discovered the formidable talents of Kate Ellis, now's the time." Bella Magazine

"Intricately plotted, this is an absorbing tale. A dual tale of human hunting that gives us pause for thought. Highly recommended." Mystery People

"A cracking murder mystery that'll...keep you reading and keep you guessing. And probably guessing wrong. If you haven't picked up anything by Kate Ellis, I heartily recommend anything from the Wesley Peterson series. Highly recommended." In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel

"A very atmospheric and deftly plotted story. The characters are richly drawn and the period detail is wonderfully evocative. I was kept guessing until the final page. I have not had the pleasure of reading Kate Ellis's previous Wesley Peterson books but I will certainly look out for her name in future. Very entertaining." Eurocrime

"The amazing Kate Ellis and her cerebral detective, Wesley Peterson are becoming a 'force' to be reckoned with. The author's cleverly constructed classic crime series shows no sign of flagging as it continues to weave past and present into complex thrilling mysteries. Excellent police detail, compelling plots, stand out characters and fascinating historical links make Ellis's books a real treat. Another intelligent story from an author who goes from strength to strength." Lancashire Evening Press

"A fast moving, intriguing story with surprises, especially an entirely unexpected one at the end. A truly enthralling experience. Kate Ellis has written many books about her black policeman, Wesley Peterson. If they're all as good as this, I salute her." Shotsmag

First published 2012 by Piatkus

Hardback ISBN 978-0749953676

Paperback ISBN 978-0749953775

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