A crime you'll always remember. A detective you'll never forget.
A young girl is found dead. A prostitute is murdered. And the strangest, youngest detective in the South Wales Major Crimes Unit is about to face the fiercest test of her short career.
A woman and her six-year-old daughter are killed with chilling brutality in a dingy flat. The only clue: the platinum bank card of a long-dead tycoon, found amidst the squalor.
DC Griffiths has already proved herself dedicated to the job, but there's another side to her she is less keen to reveal. Something to do with a mysterious two-year gap in her CV, her strange inability to cry - and a disconcerting familiarity with corpses.
Fiona is desperate to put the past behind her but as more gruesome killings follow, the case leads her back into those dark places in her own mind where another dead girl is waiting to be found...
Praise for the Fiona Griffiths mystery series:
'I have to say that in a lifetime of reading crime fiction I have never come across anyone quite like Fiona Griffiths . . . Read this book. Enjoy every syllable. Hold your breath, and tick off the weeks until the next one' Crime Fiction Lover
'Compelling...a new crime talent to treasure' Daily Mail
'Gritty, compelling...a procedural unlike any other you are likely to read this year' USA Today
'With Detective Constable Fiona 'Fi' Griffiths, Harry Bingham...finds a sweet spot in crime fiction...think Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander...[or] Lee Child's Jack Reacher... The writing is terrific' The Boston Globe
'This cleverly plotted police procedural introduces a likeable, maverick detective destined for a bestseller following' Choice
Fans of Angela Marsons, Peter James and Ann Cleeves will be gripped by the other titles in the Fiona Griffiths mystery series:
1. Talking to the Dead
2. Love Story, With Murders
3. The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths
4. This Thing of Darkness
5. The Dead House
6. The Deepest Grave (coming soon!)
If you're looking for a crime thriller series to keep you hooked, then go no further: you've just found it.
** Each Fiona Griffiths thriller can be read as a standalone or in series order **
Praise for gripping, atmosphere Fiona Griffiths crime thriller series:
Chilling, atmospheric and so gripping it hurts. You won't read a better crime novel this year
Intriguing and compelling
- I love Fiona GriffithsIn a word - brilliant
. One of the most enjoyable crime novels I've read in a whileCompelling
and claustrophic, Without a doubt, Fiona Griffiths is one of crime's most memorable heroines
One of the most interesting and complicated protagonists in current UK crime fiction. Truly unforgettable
Fiona Griffiths is one of the most unusual and engaging characters
in British crime fiction. Those who haven't yet encountered Fiona will be drawn into a beautifully crafted worldGripping...Fiona Griffiths kept me hooked to the last page
and left me hungry for moreThis is on one level an orthodox, if expertly written, police procedural
. But the character of Fiona lifts it to an altogether different, extraordinary level. She is childlike, brilliant, courageous and utterly loopy all at the same time - as well as devastatingly real and human and alone...She'll haunt you long after you finish this book
, and send you scurrying to find what else Bingham has written.Fresh and compelling. The best thing coming out of this gem of a crime story
is the promise of anotherCompelling...a new crime talent to treasure
The first novel in the powerful Fiona Griffiths mystery series - a detective who will break every rule in the book to crack her case.
I'm Harry Bingham. I write crime novels and love it. When I'm not doing that, I run the Writers' Workshop, a literary consultancy. I live in Oxfordshire, England, but I spent a lot of my childhood in Wales, where my crime novels are set. Things I love apart from writing: wild swimming, rock-climbing, walking and dogs. I'm married, have four kids, and I love my life.
To stay in touch visit www.harrybingham.com or on Twitter @harryonthebrink
DC Fiona Griffiths is the most unusual and engaging detective to appear in UK crime fiction for years.Harry Bingham has had stellar reviews for his previous novels.Not only a brilliantly crafted mystery but also a powerful psychological thriller.Selected for the Waterstones Book ClubFor rookie detective constable Fiona Griffiths, her first major investigation promises to be a tough initiation into Cardiff's dark underbelly. A young woman and her six-year-old daughter have been found brutally murdered in a squalid flat, the single clue a platinum credit card belonging to a millionaire businessman who died in a plane crash six months before. For her fellow cops, it's just another case of a low-rent prostitute meeting the wrong kind of client and coming to a nasty end, but Fiona is convinced that the tragic lives and cruel deaths of this mother and daughter are part of a deeper, darker mystery. Fiona, however, has secrets of her own. She is still recovering from a crushing psychological breakdown, and the feelings which haunt her are constantly threatening to undermine the mask of normality she has learned to wear. As she begins to piece together a bizarre and terrifying conspiracy, Fiona finds that what makes her vulnerable also gives her a unique insight into the secrets of the dead, and in solving the murders of Janet and April Mancini she can begin to start solving the riddles of her own past.