DI Jack Caffery, the hero of Mo Hayder’s bestselling novels Birdman and The Treatment, is back. Seconded from London to Bristol, Caffery is trying to leave his personal life behind, but he cannot escape the memories of his younger brother’s murder and the suspect who went free. When police diver Sergeant Phoebe “Flea” Marley discovers a freshly severed human hand in Bristol’s harbour and its mate buried under a restaurant’s doorstep, Caffery is there to lead the investigation. But rather than find answers, or a body to match those hands, Caffery and Flea discover a terrifying underworld of drug addiction, ritual mutilation and muti, African medicine magic.
Tormented by his personal demons, Caffery seeks out the company of the infamous Walking Man, a recently released convict from a high-security prison, who sleeps rough and walks the country roads as he relives the memories of a terrifying crime. Flea Marley has her own ghosts to confront the cave-diving death of her parents in a cold, water-filled hole in South Africa and a frightening personal association with the crime she and Caffery are investigating.
Britain’s “Queen of Fear” has once again proven herself a master of her craft. Ritual is a gripping psychological thriller, a chilling story seen through the eyes of complex characters and told with masterful voice and style.
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MO HAYDER is the author of Birdman, The Treatment, The Devil of Nanking, Pig Island, Ritual, Skin and Gone, all of which have been international bestsellers. She was shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award in both 2010 and 2011. Mo Hayder lives with her daughter in Bath, England. Visit her online at www.mohayder.net.From Booklist:
*Starred Review* Once again Hayder—author of such acclaimed crime novels as The Treatment (2001), The Devil of Nanking (2005), and Pig Island (2007)—masterfully explores the horrific boundaries of culture and evil. The setting is Bristol, England, where police diving expert “Flea” Marley is called in to investigate after a human hand is found in the Avon river. The discovery links Flea with burned-out detective Jack Caffery—the lead in both Birdman (1999), Hayder’s first novel, and The Treatment—and sets the pair on a journey into England’s heroin subculture. Following a trail that becomes darker with every turn, they move relentlessly toward a confrontation with practitioners of muthi, a form of African witchcraft that uses human body parts for healing and spell-casting rituals. Hayder has long been a master at blending crime and horror genres, but this time she outdoes herself, flip-flopping the supernatural and the explainable like a cycle of poison and antidote that will remain with the reader long after the final page. Superviolent, but for those with strong stomachs, completely gripping. --Elliott Swanson
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1554681987