The Number One bestselling crime series featuring Dr Tony Hill, hero of TV's Wire in the Blood. The award-winning Val McDermid is at the height of her powers in this tense masterclass in psychological suspense.
The race is on to uncover the identity of a murderer with nothing to lose - and everything to kill for.
When Robbie Bishop, star midfielder for the Bradfield Vics, is poisoned by a rare and deadly toxin, profiler Dr Tony Hill and trusted colleague DCI Carol Jordan have their work cut out for them. Robbie was adored, so the public want answers - but the answers aren't coming, and trails are running cold.
Then a bomb explodes in the football stadium, causing massive casualties - and another man dies from poisoning. Is there a link between the cases? And what are the motives for these crimes? The clock is ticking for Tony and Carol - and the death toll keeps rising...
`McDermid is at the peak of her murderous craft' Mirror
'The Queen of serial killers in this country keeps her end up.... few can scoop Val on throat-clutching narrative... Marvellous' Daily Mail
`All the craft, panache and pace that we have come to expect from this outstanding writer... Vintage stuff: unplug the phone, lock the door and prepare to read in a sitting' Guardian
`Peerless ... One of the world's finest crime writers, McDermid is currently at the top of her game' Glasgow Herald
`McDermid's writing gets better and better' Spectator
Val McDermid grew up in a Scottish mining community then read English at Oxford. She was a journalist for sixteen years, spending the last three as Northern Bureau Chief of a national Sunday tabloid. She divides her time between Northumberland and Cheshire.