The rock cast a sharp, dark shadow over a shape huddled on the ground. Please don't let it be the boy, Colomba thought. Her silent prayer didn't go unanswered. The corpse belonged to the mother.
Dante Torre spent eleven young years in captivity - held by a man known only as The Father - before outwitting his abductor.
Now working for the police force, Torre's methods are unorthodox but his brilliance is clear. When a young child goes missing in similar circumstances in Rome, Torre must confront the demons of his past to attempt to solve the case.
Paired with Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli, a fierce, warrior-like detective still reeling from having survived a bloody catastrophe, all evidence suggests The Father is active after being dormant for decades, and that he's looking forward to a reunion with Dante ...
'Absorbing, disturbing, clever, bizarre, original and brutal. The outline of the plot is simple, its execution thrilling' - The Times
'Introduces us to two of the most intriguing detectives to have emerged in recent years... Brutal and frighteningly realistic, it never loses its grip' - Daily Mail
'[a] fascinatingly complex thriller' - i newspaper
'An intelligent thriller... very entertaining' - Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express
'Absolutely electrifying' - Jeffery Deaver
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Number of pages: 528
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 32 mm