By Mo Hayder

Now in Grove Press paperback for the 1st time, Birdman showcases Hayder at her spine-tingling most sensible as liked sequence personality Jack Caffery tracks down a terrifying serial killer.

In his first case as lead investigator with London’s crack homicide squad, Detective Inspector Jack Caffery is named directly to examine the homicide of a tender girl whose physique has been found close to the Millennium Dome in Greenwich, south-east London. Brutalized, mutilated past acceptance, the sufferer is quickly joined by way of 4 others came across within the similar area—all woman and all ritualistically murdered. And whilst the autopsy exam unearths a grotesque signature connecting the sufferers, Caffery realizes precisely what he’s dealing with—a harmful serial killer.

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Punctures. make-up. Punch holes. stick to it. Come on, Jack, imagine! Why didn’t he do it to Kayleigh? Why was once she diversified? She was once the one one with out the marks. anyone, round the time of her dying, had lower her lengthy hair to shoulder size. Her hair was once blond, an identical nearly white blond because the samples of wig hair. Wig. make-up, punctures. Rebecca’s tanned hands. White nails fidgeting with the sewing. “Like a doll with all that make-up on. ” The trim had left Kayleigh’s hair at virtually the exact same size because the wig. He flipped the doll onto its entrance, ran his nails down the rows of perforations within the scalp, each one sprouting a pinch of nylon hair, and the reply lifted, leaped at him. sewing. “Marilyn. ” He threw open the door of the incident room. “Marilyn. ” She regarded up, startled. “What is it? ” “Where’s Essex? ” “In shows. ” “Good. ” Caffery may well consider the sinews in his fingers twitch. “I want a examine the PM photographs. i feel i do know what these marks are. ” within the tiny shows room there has been merely area adequate at the Flex-Stax shelving for proof from the present operation. proof from all prior situations had overflowed and used to be stored in lockers within the tearoom. “Essex. I need—” He stopped. He’d walked in in midconversation. Essex sat on the tiny table, his face drained and immobile. at the back of him Diamond leaned casually on one of many cabinets, sleeves rolled up, the faintest of smiles on his face. Logan, the shows officer, sat with the yellow seize field at his ft, a working laptop or computer printout in a single hand, a buff docket within the different. whilst he observed it was once Caffery he stood up so hurriedly that the paper air-drying facts luggage on his lap slid to the ground. “Ah! ” He snatched clumsily on the luggage. “Morning, Boss. ” “The PM pictures, Logan. ” “Of direction, after all, no probs, sir. ” relocating a trifle too fast, he stacked the entire luggage again at the table and busied himself with a blue field dossier within the nook. Essex met Caffery’s eyes for a second, then seemed away. It used to be sufficient. Caffery closed the door at the back of him and leaned opposed to it together with his fingers folded. “Well? ” he stated. “What’s up? ” “The SA at Lambeth’s been on relating to Gemini’s car,” DI Diamond acknowledged flippantly. “I see. What’s she bought for us? ” “Four hairs discovered. ” His washed-out blue eyes had facilities of not easy indigo. “Didn’t fit any of the sufferers. ” “Yes? ” “But that doesn’t topic. ” within the nook Logan gave a quick discomfited cough and Essex stared at his palms. Diamond took the time to run his quit the difficult, gelled helmet of hair. He sniffed, straightened and plucked the document from the table with an ornate flick of the wrist. “Numerous smudged partial prints, and a person had had Kodian-C out to the internal. ” “An industrial-grade cleansing fluid,” Logan defined. “Which turns out dodgy to me. ” Diamond blinked slowly like a lizard within the sunlight. “Then the men at Lambeth came upon 3 prints with adequate issues to make a fit. ” “I see. ” “One with Craw and one with Wilcox. ” “He cabbied for them. ” “He says he doesn’t even comprehend them. ” “Okay. ” Caffery driven himself clear of the door.

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