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Due bambine scomparse: un caso terribile per la detective Karen Hart
Le piccole Emily e Sian, di dieci anni, sono scomparse da scuola e sembrano svanite nel nulla. Le famiglie sono disperate e la piccola comunità di Heighington, nella campagna inglese, è sconvolta. Le ricerche sono coordinate dalla squadra investigativa locale, guidata dalla sergente Karen Hart e dal suo nuovo superiore, l’ispettore Scott Morgan.
Col passare delle ore l’ipotesi del rapimento si fa sempre più concreta e spaventosa, mentre le indagini iniziano a girare a vuoto e la situazione di Karen si complica. C’è l’ispettore Morgan, che sembra non apprezzare le sue intuizioni investigative e vuole fatti concreti. E ci sono quei tragici fantasmi del passato, che ormai da anni popolano i suoi incubi peggiori. E poi c’è un ultimo tormento: la sparizione di una giovane donna diciotto mesi prima, un altro caso di probabile rapimento che Karen non è mai riuscita a risolvere.
C’è un legame tra quel mistero e il dramma delle bambine scomparse? O si tratta solo dell’ennesima fissazione della tormentata detective? È davvero possibile che nella tranquilla campagna del Lincolnshire si nasconda un pericoloso predatore seriale?
Un cadavere nascosto in una valigia e un macabro mistero per la detective Karen Hart
Un cadavere vecchio di decenni dentro una valigia: è quanto la polizia rinviene quasi per caso in casa di un anziano, colto da malore. E poi un biglietto, di sicuro collegato alla macabra scoperta: “È giunto il momento di pagare per il crimine che hai commesso”. Ma la detective Karen Hart sa che in una situazione del genere non si possono accettare facili conclusioni. Il cadavere appartiene a un insegnante, Oliver Fox, scomparso dal villaggio di Skellingthorpe trent'anni prima. L'istinto della Hart le dice che c'è qualcosa di strano in quella comunità rurale del Lincolnshire; soprattutto quando entra in possesso di prove che suggeriscono che Fox, sebbene sia la vittima, di certo non era un innocente. Le maglie della rete di bugie che avvolgono il mistero iniziano ad allentarsi, e quasi nessuno nel villaggio è esente da sospetti; soprattutto quando il caso va a intrecciarsi con certe vecchie voci di abuso su minori. Sembra proprio che ci sia qualcuno disposto a fare qualunque cosa perché la terribile verità resti sepolta. La detective Hart e la sua squadra devono trovare il colpevole prima che altri perdano la vita.
You can cover up the truth but it won’t stay buried forever.
A man is found bludgeoned to death in woodland by the village of Canwick, and the close-knit community is sent into shock. Detective Karen Hart, still haunted by the tragic loss of her husband and daughter nearby, is brought in to investigate the horrific murder.
It soon becomes clear that dark secrets lie behind Canwick’s unspoiled appearance. When Hart begins to suspect that a modern-day slavery ring has been hiding in plain sight among the villagers, she faces a race to find proof before the culprits slip from her grasp. But when key witnesses start disappearing, it’s obvious that there’s a deep-rooted conspiracy to keep prying eyes away from the truth.
But in a village where everyone knows everyone, who knows more than they are letting on—and who can Hart really trust? She’s in deep and she’s never been more alone. She must confront the tragedy of her own past if she wants to catch the killers before it’s too late. Because one thing’s for certain—there’s no turning back…
A merciless killer who will stop at nothing. And a detective with nothing left to lose.
When Detective Karen Hart hears a scream echoing out of beautiful Lincoln Cathedral one snowy evening, she is the first officer on the scene. In the chapel a man lies murdered, a bloody cross carved into his forehead.
The twisted killing sends this close-knit community into shock. And a note to the police from the murderer, signed by ‘The Cleanser’, confirms their worst fears: this sadistic slaying is the first of many. The ritual killings will never stop until Hart uncovers the murderer’s ungodly motive.
When early leads become dead ends, Karen starts to wonder if there’s a link to a rumoured conspiracy within police ranks—particularly when an abrasive new officer is assigned to the case. Could the key to catching ‘The Cleanser’ be dangerously close to home? Meanwhile, she is battling her own demons as she struggles to come to terms with the deaths of her husband and daughter.
In her toughest case yet, Karen will come closer than ever before to a dangerous truth. Can she put the pieces of the puzzle together before she’s stopped in her tracks?
A dark secret. A haunted past. And a house full of lies.
When two teenage girls vanish without a trace from an educational retreat at Chidlow House in Lincolnshire, the students and teachers are put on high alert.
Called in to investigate, Detective Karen Hart questions everyone who came into contact with the two girls, Cressida and Natasha, in the days leading up to their disappearance.
Stories of Chidlow House being haunted abound, but Hart—still coming to terms with the suspicious circumstances surrounding the tragic loss of her own family—knows that while the house might be otherworldly, the crime is grimly real.
But nothing is quite as it seems at Chidlow House. When it becomes clear that someone at the estate must know more than they’re letting on, Hart faces a race against time to find the culprit and save the girls.
While there is no shortage of suspects, Hart comes up against one dead end after another. And when she too begins hearing eerie whispers in the walls, she is forced to wonder: was she too quick to dismiss Chidlow’s supernatural reputation?
Beneath a quiet village, dark crimes lie buried.
When decomposed human remains are discovered in a suitcase behind a locked door in the home of an elderly man, Detective Karen Hart thinks the facts speak for themselves. That is, until she finds the warning: It’s time to pay for your crime.
The body belongs to a former teacher, Oliver Fox, who vanished from the village thirty years earlier. Hart’s instincts tell her there is something untoward about this rural Lincolnshire community—especially when she uncovers evidence suggesting that, although Fox was a victim, he certainly wasn’t innocent. As the extent of Fox’s crimes becomes apparent and the web of lies continues to unravel, almost nobody in the village is above suspicion.
When there are whispers of child abuse in connection with the case, it’s clear someone is willing to do anything to keep the sinister truth buried. Can Hart find the culprit before more lives are lost?
A young Polish girl fixated on fame ~ A killer with a deadly obsession
Detective Jack Mackinnon has his work cut out trying to track down missing student, Anya Blonski. As Mackinnon follows the trail of obsession and murder to the shady owners of the Star Academy, who thrive on society's obsession with reality TV shows, he realises the fame they offer comes at a price.
When a second girl goes missing, Mackinnon is forced to consider a serial killer may be stalking the city.
Other books in the series: DEADLY MOTIVE, DEADLY REVENGE, DEADLY JUSTICE, DEADLY RITUAL, DEADLY PAYBACK and DEADLY GAME are available now.
A perfect village. A perfect crime.
When two young girls disappear from their primary school, the village of Heighington is put on high alert—and not for the first time. Called in to investigate, Detective Karen Hart is sure that parallels with a previous disappearance are anything but coincidental.
DS Hart is still reeling from a case she tried and failed to solve eighteen months ago, when a young woman vanished without a trace. She’s no nearer to the truth of what happened to Amy Fisher, but with two children missing now too, the stakes have never been higher. As she looks to the past for clues, she must confront her own haunting loss, a nightmare she is determined to spare other families.
Hart soon realises that nothing in this close-knit Lincolnshire community is what it seems. Pursuing the investigation with personal vengeance, she finds herself in conflict with her scrupulous new boss, but playing by the rules will have to wait. Because while there’s no shortage of suspects, the missing girls are running out of time…
She only turned her back for a moment but that was all it took.
Two years ago, Beth Farrow turned her back on her three-year-old niece, Jenna, for just a few seconds. She disappeared without a trace.
How does a three-year-old go missing from a crowded summer fete without anyone noticing?
When Beth leaves the country to try and escape her guilt, someone sends her a photograph from an anonymous number. It's a photograph of Jenna. She's older, but Beth is sure it's her niece. She is determined to do what the police cannot: Find Jenna and bring her home.
But someone isn't pleased when Beth returns, and they will do what ever it takes to get rid of her. This time, for good.
This dark and gripping psychological thriller is a page-turner you will not be able to put down.
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A late summer heatwave seems to have triggered an unusually high number of suicides. As the dead bodies pile up, DS Jack Mackinnon and the rest of MIT realise things aren’t as straightforward as they seem, and when similar letters are found at the scene of each ‘suicide,’ Mackinnon is convinced they are dealing with a serial killer. A killer who is determined to deliver his own deadly justice.
Deadly Justice is the fourth book in the DS Jack Mackinnon Series.
The series order is as follows:
1) Deadly Obsession
2) Deadly Motive
3) Deadly Revenge
4) Deadly Justice
5) Deadly Ritual
A note found at the scene leads Detective Sergeant Jack Mackinnon to a University of Oxford laboratory, where staff and students are desperate to hide their association with the victim.
As Mackinnon gets closer to the truth, he finds his own family could be at risk.
Detective Jack Mackinnon’s career is in serious trouble. Still in the Detective Chief Inspector’s bad books and excluded from the Major Investigation team, Mackinnon is assigned the case nobody wants.
As Mackinnon investigates, he discovers a horrifying link to a crime committed a decade ago.
Not forgotten. And never forgiven…
DEADLY REVENGE is the third book in the DS Jack Mackinnon series. The series order is as follows:
1.) Deadly Obsession 2.) Deadly Motive 3.) Deadly Revenge 4.) Deadly Justice 5.) Deadly Ritual 6.) Deadly Payback 7.) Deadly Game