In his latest thriller, master of Welsh noir Llwyd Owen returns once again to Gerddi Hwyan, a town somewhere in post-industrial south Wales, where detective Rolant Price and his sidekick Richard King are now faced with the disappearance of a little girl. With every new clue leading nowhere, and his boss and the community clamouring for an arrest, Price’s drinking rises with the stress levels. But when a tortured, mutilated body is found, Price is sent a film of the killing and the investigation takes on a personal dimension. Then another child goes missing. Suffering flashbacks, Price is increasingly haunted by traumatic and humiliating violence in his own past and irked by the constant presence of his wife Lowri’s boss, their old schoolmate Nantlais, now head of a phenomenally successful tech company and owner of an exclusive, gated holiday retreat in Pembrokeshire. Fearful of losing Lowri and their unborn child, and himself in physical danger, Price must conquer his old demons while racing against the clock.
Racking up the tension as the relentless narrative moves backward and forward in time, and from the grimmer streets of Gerddi Hwyan to the seaside playground of the rich, in his ambitious eleventh novel Llwyd Owen takes the genre to a new level.
'A gripping masterpiece. This novel won’t let you go for days once you’ve finished.’
‘In the vast collection of crime fiction, this is up there with the best from Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Scotland, England and the US. A gripping plot.’
Elan Closs Stephens