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Evil Valley
     

Evil Valley

by Simon Hall
 

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Adam and Dan are hunting a psychopath, a once brilliant man, demented by memories of war and the death of his best friend. And utterly bent on teaching society a lesson ... A masked man breaks into women's homes, never speaking and stealing nothing of value, only a document bearing their name. Soon, he leaves behind a sinister note, boasting of plans to commit a great

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Adam and Dan are hunting a psychopath, a once brilliant man, demented by memories of war and the death of his best friend. And utterly bent on teaching society a lesson ... A masked man breaks into women's homes, never speaking and stealing nothing of value, only a document bearing their name. Soon, he leaves behind a sinister note, boasting of plans to commit a great crime; a crime that will shock the country. A police marksman kills two men in separate but frighteningly similar shootings. But is it murder? Another woman is attacked, another document taken, another note left. It claims each contains a code revealing the 'great crime'. And it's growing closer, hour by passing hour. Why does the attacker steal only documents with women's names on? How to solve the riddle contained in the notes? Time is running out. As each riddle is cracked, the man is always one step ahead of the police - until the increasingly desperate search converges on Dartmoor ... Simon Hall is the BBC Crime Correspondent for the Devon and Cornwall area. Evil Valley is the third novel in his TV Detective series, following the highly successful The Death Pictures. Simon is 38 years old and lives with his wife in Plymouth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781682990810
Publisher:
Accent Press
Publication date:
04/15/2010
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
307
Sales rank:
1,001,605
File size:
411 KB

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‘The last time?’

‘Yeah, the last time. If you … if we … take down another…’

‘If we have to, we’ll have done our job. That’s all. Just like the last time.’

‘Yeah …’

A brief silence. A muted thud and the hint of another moan crept from behind the frosted glass door.

‘So … we go in? We’re absolutely sure it’s justified?’

‘You heard the 999 call. You heard the noises in the house. It sounds like he’s murdering her. We don’t have time to mess about.’

‘Yeah, yeah, I know. It’s just … OK … so … the usual way?’

‘Yep.’

One silhouette touched the rim of its cap with a forefinger, breathed out hard. The other rubbed reverentially at a shining, silver crucifix hanging around its neck. They exchanged a fast glance, each nodded. The rituals of luck were complete.

It was time.

‘Stand back.’

A heavy black boot thumped into the door. It shuddered, but held. Again, and a complaining creak. Again, and the moan of warping plastic. Harder now and a splitting crash. The door careered open, juddering against a wall.

They edged in, one leading, one covering, both half crouched, pistols poised.

The hallway was narrow, in semi-darkness, pictures hanging at dizzy angles. A sunnyDartmoorlandscape. A greyNew Yorkskyline. A wood-framed mirror, split with a diagonal crack.

A corner loomed. They slowed, carefully rounded it, step by sideways step. Underfoot a soaking, squelching carpet and a flickering blue luminescence from a smashed fish tank. Fronds of water still trickled, crunching broken glass, tiny golden outlines flipping weak and helpless on the floor.

Another corner. Open space now.

Meet the Author

Simon Hall is the BBC Crime Correspondent for the Devon and Cornwall area. His step up from the relative calm of environment correspondent to that of ‘home affairs’, or crime reporting, provided the catalyst for this dark and deadly novel. This is Simon’s second book. His first, A Popular Murder, was strongly commended and received widespread media coverage. Simon is 38 years old and lives with his wife in Plymouth. Visit Simon at: His Website: www.thetvdetective.com His Twitter: @thetvdetective

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