Joseph Vaughan's life has been dogged by tragedy. Growing up in the 1950s, he was at the centre of series of killings of young girls in his small rural community. The girls were taken, assaulted and left horribly mutilated. Barely a teenager himself, Joseph becomes determined to try to protect his community and classmates from the predations of the killer. Despite banding together with his friends as ' The Guardians', he was powerless to prevent more murders - and no one was ever caught. Only after a full ten years did the nightmare end when the one of his neighbours is found hanging from a rope, with articles from the dead girls around him. Thankfully, the killings finally ceased. But the past won't stay buried - for it seems that the real murderer still lives and is killing again. And the secret of his identity lies in Joseph's own history...
A truly first class new novel from an author who is building up a strong following with readers and reviewers alike. Ellory is extremely promotable - he has had an amazing life and can talk with extreme eloquence about it. As well as being shortlisted for a CWA Dagger, R J Ellory has attracted top-notch reviews for all this novels: 'R J Ellory has a keen understanding of rhythm and pace ... the reader is drawn inextricably into the world he creates ... Excellent' Guardian. 'Ellory is a powerful talent, and this, his fourth novel, seems set to launch him into the stratosphere of crime writers' Independent on Sunday. 'Another fine book from Ellory' Daily Telegraph. 'With exquisite pace and perfect timing, Ellory has given us a piercing assessment of the nature of love, loyalty and obsessive revenge' Guardian. 'This compelling novel, with its shock denouement, is both beautifully written and skilfully crafted and confirms Ellory as one of crime fiction's new stars' Sunday Telegraph. Includes Reading Group Notes.
"A meaty, involving drama which will catch you up in an emotional rollercoaster -- great reading" My Weekly "Very spine chilling... keeps you going right until the last page" -- Amanda Ross
R.J. Ellory started writing more than ten years ago and hasn't stopped since. His novels have been translated into Italian, German and Dutch, and CANDLEMOTH was shortlisted for a CWA Dagger. Ellory divides his time between writing and voluntary programmes in the areas of drug rehabilitation and youth literacy. He is married with one son.