Mo Hayder

“Hayder . . . outdoes herself, flip-flopping the supernatural and the explainable like a cycle of poison and antidote that may stay with the reader lengthy after the ultimate page.”—Booklist (starred review)

Just after lunch on a Tuesday in April, 9 toes underwater, police diver Flea Marley closes her gloved arms round a human hand. No physique is hooked up. much more anxious is the invention, an afternoon later, of the matching hand—recently amputated, and got rid of whereas the sufferer used to be nonetheless alive. Detective Jack Caffery of the foremost Crime research Unit in Bristol is named in to enquire, and he and Marley quickly identify that the arms belong to a tender guy who has lately disappeared. Their look for him—and for his abductor—lead them into the darkest recesses of Bristol’s underworld, the place street-kids promote themselves for successful, and the place one in all Africa’s most annoying rituals can be making an unforeseen visual appeal. the 1st novel to add the investigative workforce of Flea and Jack, Ritual is a masterpiece of suspense that may hold readers guessing till the final breath.

“Hayder . . . strikes to a different point during this spellbinder. With characters so advanced, so attention-grabbing that they can populate a dozen novels, she sends readers right into a demimonde of formality magic, desperation, guilt, and dying, all exquisitely composed. . . . Ritual is tremendous, dense, frightening; certainly the most effective crime novels of [the year].”—The Globe and Mail

Ritual strikes from the eerie and hazardous to the downright ferocious as gradually as an oncoming educate. . . . this is often one you are going to hate to place down and hate to complete. yet you are going to love the ride.”—Jack Ketchum, writer of The Lost and The lady subsequent Door

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