The new novel in the bestselling, critically acclaimed Hull-based DS McAvoy crime series.
It's the coldest winter in Hull for years.
When McAvoy is told by a concerned stranger that an elderly woman hasn't been seen for a few days, he goes to check on her - only to find her in the bath, encased in ice: the heating off; the windows open; the whole house frozen over.
It could be a macabre accident, but McAvoy senses murder. Someone watched her die.
As he starts to uncover the victim's story and her connections to a lost fishing trawler, his boss Trish is half a world away, investigating a mysterious death in Iceland. Hull and Iceland have traditionally been united by fishing - in this case, they are linked by a secret concealed for half a century, and a series of brutal killings that have never been connected.
Until now - when the secrets of the dead have returned to prey on the living.
PRAISE FOR DAVID MARK
'Dark, compelling crime writing of the highest order' Daily Mail
'Truly exhilarating and inventive. Mark is a wonderfully descriptive writer and an exciting young talent.' Peter James
'Aficionados of the grittiest, most trenchant fare love Mark's copper Aector McAvoy, who customarily moves in a darkly realised Hull.' Financial Times
David Mark's writing style is masterful: atmospheric, precise, original, a joy to read. Plus he can put together a damn good story. — Michael Ridpath
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Aficionados of the grittiest, most trenchant fare love Mark's copper Aector McAvoy, who customarily moves in a darkly realised Hull. — Financial Times
Mark's rich, distinctive prose style and damaged characters compel you to keep reading... shaping up to be an essential crime series — Crime Scene Magazine
In McAvoy, David Mark has created a big hero with a huge heart. His skill at weaving threads of light through the darkest fabric has rightly won him a legion of fans who like their crime fiction to be real and compassionate. — Sarah Hilary
Truly exhilarating and inventive. Mark is a wonderfully descriptive writer and an exciting young talent. — Peter James
There is a good array of villains, and Mark is impressive in his sensitive portrayals of the relationships between the principal characters at work and home. — The Times
A brilliant read. — Sun
Dark, compelling crime writing of the highest order — Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail
More twists and turns than a corkscrew through the eyeball — Val McDermid
To call Mark's novels police procedurals is like calling the Mona Lisa a pretty painting. — Kirkus starred review
Effortlessly blends the brutal and the tender, the dark and the light. Aector McAvoy is a true original. So is David Mark. — Mick Herron, author of Dead Lions
Highly entertaining — The Sunday Times
Breathtaking. Mark writes bad beautifully — Peter May
The McAvoy series pulls off the double whammy of cracking characters and cunning plots. The big detective Aector McAvoy is so real and so loveable you want to have a pint with him, and the legendary Trish Pharaoh proves that a man can create an utterly compelling female character — Anya Lipska