Guilt, sacrifice and redemption in a freezing Derbyshire winter in this tense psychological thriller from the acclaimed author of `Black Dog'.
'The sun had dropped over the edge of Irontongue Hill so that the snow-covered moor was in shadow ... but Marie Tennent would never see the dawn.'
Marie's was not the only body lying undiscovered under the Peak District snow that January morning - nor the first. In 1945, the wreckage of a bomber was found on the Hill, full of dead crewmen. The missing pilot was declared responsible, but why would a decorated hero desert? The only other survivor refuses to talk. A young Canadian woman has arrived to uncover the truth - the pilot was her grandfather. DC Ben Cooper is intrigued. Perhaps he can help?
To his boss DS Fry, investigating two frozen bodies found on the moors, her colleague's interest is entirely unprofessional. But the past has a way of influencing the present and before either knows it, a long-cold trail in the dead of winter has grown dangerously hot ...
Praise for Stephen Booth:
`Stephen Booth creates a fine sense of place and atmosphere ... the unguessable solution to the crime comes as a real surprise' Sunday Telegraph
`The complex relationship between [Cooper and Fry] is excellently drawn, and is combined with an intriguing plot and a real sense of place: Stephen Booth is an author to keep an eye on' Evening Standard
`Stephen Booth makes high summer in Derbyshire as dark and terrifying as midwinter' Val McDermid
'A leading light of British crime writing' Guardian
` 'Best traditional crime novel of the year'
Independent, Books of the Year
Stephen Booth is a journalist. `Blood on the Tongue' was the third novel in his series set in the Peak District, and followed on from the success of the Gold Dagger-nominated `Dancing with the Virgins', and his widely acclaimed debut `Black Dog'.