Now a major BBC TV show starring John Simm. Taut, menacing, sinister, gripping, intelligent, action-packed - everything you could want from a thriller.
When ex-LAPD patrol cop Jack Whalen's wife goes missing on a routine business trip to Seattle, his world is shaken.
Meanwhile, a ten-year-old girl vanishes from a beach in Oregon after an encounter with a sinister stranger - but it gradually becomes clear that she's very far from defenceless.
Searching for answers in the shadowy secrets of a past that still haunts him, Jack discovers that the truth has roots deeper and darker than he ever feared.
`A nerve-wracking story, full of twists' New York Times
`A jaw-dropping mystery that makes a hairpin turn on nearly every page' Entertainment Weekly
`A good, taut thriller, with lots of action and a very gripping ending' Guardian
`Devilishly clever ... a tautly crafted page-turner of the highest order ' Bookpage
`Bestseller Marshall outdoes his own high standards with this potent blend of suspense, paranoia and just plain creepiness ... a provocative and supremely intelligent thriller' Publishers Weekly
`Marshall ratchets up the paranoia' New York Daily News
`Captures a sense of the menacing inevitable' Time Out
`Subtle, satisfying - and really scary ' Kirkus Reviews
Michael Marshall is a novelist and screenwriter. Before writing the internationally bestselling novels `The Straw Men', The Lonely Dead' and `Blood of Angels', he had already established a successful career under the name Michael Marshall Smith: his groundbreaking first novel, `Only Forward', won the Philip K. Dick and August Derleth Awards, and its critically acclaimed successors `Spares' and `One of Us' have been optioned by major Hollywoood studios. He lives in North London with his wife, son and two cats.