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Trapeze Crime fiction HB April £12.99 304pp 978 1 409 17411 0 eBook: £12.99 / 978 1 409 17414 1 Audio: £19.99 / 978 1 4091 7551 3 / 10 hrs

A major acquisition for Orion, and a career-defining book, from award-winning writer Sharon Bolton.

Trapeze Fiction • April 2018


He makes his living from death. but is he capable of murder?

august, 1999

On the hottest day of the year, Assistant Commissioner Florence Lovelady attends the funeral of Larry Glassbrook, the convicted murderer she arrested thirty years earlier. A master carpenter and funeral director, Larry imprisoned his victims, alive, in the caskets he made himself. Clay effigies found entombed with their bodies suggested a motive beyond the worst human depravity.

June, 1969

13-year-old Patsy Wood has been missing for two days, the third teenager to disappear in as many months. New to the Lancashire police force and struggling to fit in, WPC Lovelady is sent to investigate an unlikely report from school children claiming to have heard a voice calling for help. A voice from deep within a recent grave.

august, 1999

As she tries to lay her ghosts to rest, Florence is drawn back to the Glassbrooks’ old house, in the shadow of Pendle Hill, where she once lodged with the family. She is chilled by the discovery of another effigy – one bearing a remarkable resemblance to herself. Is the killer still at large? Is Florence once again in danger? Or, this time, could the fate in store be worse than even her darkest imaginings?

With ten books to her name, sharon bolton is a Sunday Times bestselling author. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger, the Theakston’s Prize for Best Thriller, the International Thriller Writers’ Best First Novel award, the Prix Du Polar in France and the Martin Beck award in Sweden.


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