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The stunning crime and mystery debut from the four million selling author of the John Milton and Isabella Rose thrillers.

Four murders. Two detectives. One mystifying crime.

It's Christmas Eve and DCI Mackenzie Jones is called to a murder at a remote farmhouse. Ralph Mallender believes his father lies dead inside. When three more bodies are discovered, it's clear a festive family gathering has turned into a gruesome crime.

At first it seems like an open and shut case: a murder suicide committed by Ralph's volatile brother Cameron. Then new evidence makes Mack suspect the man who reported the crime is in fact the perpetrator.

But Mack isn't the only one with a stake in the case. Private investigator Atticus Priest has been hired to get Ralph acquitted. That means unearthing any weaknesses in Mack's evidence.

Irascible, impatient, and unpredictable, Atticus has weaknesses of his own. Mack knows all about them because they share a past - both professionally and personally. This time round, however, they aren't on the same side. And as Atticus picks at the loose ends of the case, everything starts to unravel in a way neither of them could ever have predicted...
Perfect for fans of crime, mystery and detective thrillers by authors including Robert Galbraith, Karin Slaughter, Joy Ellis, Faith Martin, LJ Ross, JD Kirk, Rachel McLean and JM Dalgliesh.

What critics are saying about Mark Dawson:

"Absolutely brilliant." - Matt Nixson, Books Editor, Mail on Sunday
"A literary sensation." - The Daily Telegraph
"Mark Dawson has all the skills. A great thriller writer on the top of his game." -Sunday Times bestselling crime and mystery author Steve Cavanagh
"Nerve-shreddingly tense. Utterly addictive" - Bestselling crime author MJ Arlidge

The Location

Morse had Oxford. Roy Grace has Brighton. Atticus and Mack have beautiful Salisbury, a quintessential English city drenched in history and blessed with a position amidst some of the most beautiful countryside in England. With its ancient streets, the cathedral and nearby Stonehenge, it's not the sort of place you'd expect to find crime. But it has a dark underbelly and a history of murder - Atticus and Mack find themselves investigating new deaths and uncovering old secrets.

The Detectives

Atticus Priest: a disgraced police detective sacked after one two many indiscretions, now working as a private investigator. Cursed with an obsessive personality, he works compulsively on all his cases and his deductive powers are astonishing. Smart, restless, observant and egotistical - he's impossible to work with and yet too brilliant to ignore.

Mackenzie Jones: a senior detective in Wiltshire CID, she's intelligent but modest. She used to be Atticus's boss and has the patience to deal with his eccentricities. But, to her dismay, she found herself blurring the personal with the professional as the two detectives entered into a relationship together and she's still dealing with the fall-out.

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