Newly-promoted DCI Nick Dixon is stuck behind a desk when the peace of the Somerset countryside is shattered by a spate of sheep killings. Dixon recognises a sinister pattern: the animals have all been slaughtered with a crossbow, the power increasing with each kill. It seems whoever is responsible is practising, but for what?
Then the owner of a yacht that capsized on a suspected drug run is found dead, pinned to a tree by four crossbow bolts. Convinced that the killing is a gangland execution, the organised crime unit take over the investigation.
Dixon is sure the motive lies elsewhere, but is forced to watch from the sidelines – until another body is found.
Leading a major investigation team at Avon and Somerset police headquarters, and with internal politics threatening to thwart him at every turn, Dixon must find the murderer before he kills again. And again…
‘It was a great story, the writing as always was excellent, the pace was superb, it was a real page turner. The case was intriguing and kept me guessing; the characters (as always) were well drawn and defined and the description of the areas was, as always, a joy to read and I felt as if I were there.’
‘Once again Damien had penned another story with superb attention to detail. If you like mysteries and police procedural you can’t ask for much better. In fact, you’d be hard pushed to find anything better.’
‘…the book delivers without sleight of hand, unforeseen participants or withheld clues. All is in plain sight, yet so wonderfully packaged, just like a pictorial jigsaw puzzle and seemingly only Dixon can join the dots.’
‘With an intriguing plot, cracking characters – both main and extras – and delivered in a no nonsense way with no superfluous padding, this book was gripping from start to finish and left me, at its conclusion, wholly satisfied. Roll on book 12…’