The Various Haunts of Men
In the quiet cathedral town of Lafferton, a woman vanishes in the fog up on 'the Hill', an area locally known for its tranquillity and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man and even a dog disappear no one can deny that something untoward is happening.
Young policewoman Freya Graffham is assigned to the case, she's new to the job, compassionate, inquisitive, dedicated and needs to know - perhaps too much. She and the enigmatic detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler have the task of unravelling the mystery behind this gruesome sequence of events.
The Various Haunts of Men is the first in Susan Hill's bestselling Simon Serrailler crime series.
'I loved this book...Not all great novelists can write crime fiction but when Susan Hill does the result is stunning' Ruth Rendell
'This book must be judged as a potential successor to the great sequences of detective writing by PD James and Ruth Rendell...excellent' Daily Telegraph
The rest of the books in the series, in order, are The Pure in Heart, The Risk of Darkness, The Vows of Silence, The Shadows in the Street and The Betrayal of Trust and A Question of Identity.
Susan Hill's novels and short stories have won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham and John Lewellyn Rhys awards and been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She is the author of over 50 books, including the six previous Serrailler crime novels. The play adapted from her famous ghost story, The Woman in Black, has been running in the West End since 1989; it is also a hugely successful film starring Daniel Radcliffe.
Susan Hill was born in Scarborough and educated at King's College London. She is married to the Shakespeare scholar Stanley Wells and they have two daughters. She lives in Gloucestershire, where she runs her own publishing firm, Long Barn Books. Visit Susan's website at www.susan-hill.com or follow her on Twitter @susanhillwriter.
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