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Raven Blackby Ann Cleeves
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Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef is having a bad year. After major back surgery, she has no real option but to move into her ex-husbands basement and suffer the humiliation of his new wife bringing her meals down on a tray. As if that werent enough, Hazels octogenarian mother secretly flushes Hazels stash of painkillers down the toilet.
Its almost a relief when Hazel gets a call about a body fished up by tourists in one of the lakes near Port Dundas. But what raises the hair on the back of Micallef s neck is that the local paper has just published the first installment of a serialized story featuring such a scenario. Even before they head out to the lake with divers to recover the body, she and DC James Wingate, leading the police detachment in Micallef s absence, know they are being played. But its not clear who is pulling their strings and why, nor is what they find at the lake at all what they expected. Its Micallef herself who is snared, caught up in a cryptic game devised by someone who knows how to taunt her into opening a cold case, someone who knows that nothing will stop her investigation.
The second novel featuring Hazel Micallef, “a compelling, unlikely hero” (Entertainment Weekly), is a stunning and suspenseful exploration of the obsessive far reaches of love, confirming Inger Ash Wolfe as one of the best mystery writers today.
Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef is having a bad year. After major back surgery, she moves into her ex-husbands home to be cared for by his new wife. As if that werent enough to cope with, her octogenarian mother is insisting that Hazel end her dependence on painkillersan insistence that takes the form of secretly flushing Hazels stash down the toilet.
Its almost a relief when Hazel gets a call about a body found in one of the lakes near Port Dundas. But what raises the hair on the back of her neck is that the local paper has just published the first installment of a serialized story featuring such a scenario. Even before they head out to the lake, she and Detective Constable James Wingate know they are being played. But who is pulling their strings and why are not clear, nor is what they find at the lake at all what they expected. This is no simple drowning accident or even a straightforward murder. Its Micallef herself who is snared, caught up in a cryptic game being played by a maven of the art of deception.
Winner of Britains coveted Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award, Ann Cleeves introduces a dazzling new suspense series to U.S. mystery readers.
Raven Black begins on New Years Eve with a lonely outcast named Magnus Tait, who stays home waiting for visitors who never come. But the next morning the body of a murdered teenage girl is discovered nearby, and suspicion falls on Magnus. Inspector Jimmy Perez enters an investigative maze that leads deeper into the past of the Shetland Islands than anyone wants to go.
About the Author
INGER ASH WOLFE is the author of The Calling.
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