Little Marcus Fallbrook was kidnapped in 1976 and when he never returned home, his grieving family assumed the worst. Then, thirty years later, teenage singing star Leah Wakefield disappears and DI Wesley Peterson has reason to suspect that the same kidnapper is responsible. And another abductor is at work in the area - a man who tricks blonde women into a bogus taxi and cuts off their hair. Has Leah fallen prey to the man the newspapers call 'The Barber' or has she suffered a more sinister fate?

But then Marcus Fallbrook returns from the dead. And when DNA evidence confirms his identity, the investigation takes a new twist. Meanwhile, archaeologist, Neil Watson's gruesome task of exhuming the dead from a local churchyard yields a mystery of its own when a coffin is found to contain one corpse too many - a corpse that may be linked to a strange religious sect dating back to Regency times.

Wesley has his hands full elsewhere - slowly, Marcus Fallbrook begins to recover memories that Wesley hopes will lead him to a cunning and dangerous murderer. But he is about to discover that the past can be a very dangerous place indeed.


"Ancient and modern are cleverly woven together - totally addictive." The Bookseller

"Refreshing and interesting. Keeps the reader wanting more." I Love a Mystery

"Lots going on, lots of strands, lots of intrigue. Lots to keep you hooked. I love her." Lovereading

First published 2007 by Piatkus

Hardback ISBN 978-0749908379
Paperback ISBN 978-0749938093

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