When a local reporter receives a taunting text message claiming responsibility not just for one local murder but for two, Inspector Carmichael wonders whether the quiet Lancashire hamlet of Hasslebury has a serial killer on the loose ? or perhaps just a very unpleasant hoaxer. What, after all, could connect the two very different deaths? One a nameless tramp killed in a hit-and-run and the other an artist whose body was struck by an oncoming train.
But when a third body is discovered… well, things really start to get complicated.
This is the fifth in a brilliant series of detective novels featuring the irascible but likeable Steve Carmichael, and another finely crafted contribution to the great tradition of English crime writing.