'He is probably the best living male crime writer in the English-speaking world' Andrew Taylor, Independent 'The finest male English contemporary crime writer. Compassionate, intelligent and entertaining' Val McDermid, Manchester Evening News 'He just keeps getting better and better... Hill, a true master, never fails to shock and surprise' Ian Rankin, Scotland on Sunday 'One of Britain's most consistently excellent crime novelists' The Times 'An increasingly lyrical and always humorous writer, he is first and foremost an instinctive and complete novelist who is blessed with a spontaneous storytelling gift' Frances Fyfield, Mail on Sunday
'So far out in front that he need not bother looking over his shoulder' Sunday Telegraph Home from the Rugby club after taking a nasty knock in a match, Connon finds his wife even more uncommunicative than usual. After passing out on his bed for five hours, he comes downstairs to discover communication has been cut off forever -- by a hole in the middle of her forehead. Down at the club, passions run high, on and off the field.This is a home game for Detective Superintendent Andrew Dalziel who knows all the players, male and female. But Sergeant Peter Pascoe, whose loyalties lie with another code, has a few ideas of his own.