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Published by Macmillan, 5 May 2016. ISBN 978-1-4472-9339-2
exciting and frightening adventure for the Dutch detective Pieter Vos and his
team at Marnixstraat in Amsterdam - Laura Bakker and Dirk van der Berg.
It begins is on the island of Marken, which was produced by the elaborate
water workings around the Zuider Zee. It is approached via a single track
over a bridge and is, therefore, a very good place to put an institution for
disturbed children. Sisters Kim and Mia have been here since they were 11
after being convicted of a murder; now, at 21, there is the possibility of
freeing them to a secured facility in Amsterdam where they can learn about the
outside world. There had been three of them - triplets - but Jo had been
murdered with their parents just before the girls killed a man.
The moment that the two leave the island there are
explosive results. Vos is the investigator when the 2 girls and the nurse
who drove them off the island disappear. A bewildering sequence of
events follows with people attacked, bodies found and possible police
corruption. Only at the end do past and present events enmesh in a
coherent explanation. The story is is told from multiple viewpoints
including that of the 2 girls. This is, of course, an accomplished
Jennifer S Palmer
This is the third outing for Detective Vos.
Hewson was born in Yorkshire in 1953
and left school at the age of seventeen to work as a cub reporter on one of the
smallest evening newspapers in the country in Scarborough. Eight years later he
was a staff reporter on The Times in London, covering news, business and
latterly working as arts correspondent. He worked on the launch of the
Independent and was a weekly columnist for the Sunday Times for a decade before
giving up journalism entirely in 2005 to focus on writing fiction. His novels
have been translated into a wide range of languages, from Italian to Japanese,
and his debut work, Semana Santa, set
in Holy Week Spain, was filmed with Mira Sorvino and Olivier Martinez. Semana Santa won the WH Smith Fresh
Talent award for one of the best debut novels of the year in 1996.and was later
made into a movie starring Mira Sorvino. Four standalone works followed before A Season for the Dead, the first in a
series set in Italy. He has featured regularly on the speaker lists of leading
international book events, including the Melbourne and Ottawa writers'
festivals, the Harrogate Crime Festival, Thrillerfest, Bouchercon and Left
Coast Crime. He has taught at writing schools around the world and is a regular
faculty member for the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference in Corte Madera,
California, where he has worked alongside writers such as Martin Cruz Smith and
Palmer Throughout my reading life crime fiction has been a constant
interest; I really enjoyed my 15 years as an expatriate in the Far East, the
Netherlands & the USA but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the
outside world and sitting reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to
adults on historical topics including Famous Historical Mysteries.