'The Butcher of Belle Vue' has struck again. Like the first two victims, the third has been partially skinned and dumped on waste ground: muscles, tendons and ligaments exposed to view. Only this time, her face has also been removed.
Jon Spicer and his new partner, Rick Saville, are approached by a woman who insists she heard 'The Butcher' claiming his latest victim in the next-door room of a run-down hotel in Belle Vue. But all she has to back up her story is an escort’s business card recovered from the empty room the following morning.
Jon's investigation takes him into the twilight world of Manchester's sex workers and the unscrupulous cosmetic surgery industry, eventually forcing him to confront the potential for violence within every man – including himself.
‘We are dragged into the seedy world of prostitution, domestic violence and cut-cost cosmetic surgery, and just when you think you may have guessed the outcome, Simms finishes with a burst of pace and an illuminating twist. A highly entertaining read.’ (COVENTRY EVENING TELEGRAPH)
‘Shifting Skin has all the ingredients – blood, excitement, speed, mystery and realistic, likeable characters.’ (PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH)
‘Dark and genuinely frightening, Shifting Skin had me burning the midnight oil in order to get to the end. An excellent read.’ (SHOTS MAGAZINE)
About the author
Along with nominations for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year award and Crime Writer’s Association Dagger awards (for his novels and short stories), Chris Simms was selected by Britain’s national book chain, Waterstones, as one of their ‘25 Authors For The Future’.
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About the Author
Chris Simms has worked in airports, nightclubs, post offices and telesales centres. After travelling throughout the world, he settled in Marple, near Manchester where he lives with his wife and four children. Along with nominations for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year award and Crime Writers’ Association Dagger awards (for his novels and short stories), Chris was selected by Waterstone’s as one of their ‘25 Authors For The Future’.