This fusion of mystery, police procedural, and noir thriller from CWA Dagger Award–winner Mosby (The Reckoning on Cane Hill) is pure crime fiction gold. A serial killer who has been abducting women from an unspecified area of England for almost two decades is identified after a car accidentally crashes into his garage and reveals a nearly-dead victim. Det. Insp. Will Turner, whose first love was one of the victims, vows to capture the man whom the media has dubbed the Red River Killer. The search is complicated by the husband of one of the victims, who appears to know more than he should about the case, and by a strange set of notes allegedly from the killer sent to the police that may indicate the involvement of another person. The narrative is powered by darkly lyrical prose and a cast of nuanced characters, but it’s the bombshell plot twists at novel’s end that will leave readers more than satisfied. This is one of those exceedingly rare novels that’s virtually impossible to put down. Agent: Carolyn Whitaker, London Independent Books (U.K.). (Dec.)
Steve Mosby is one of the most consistently and innovatively creepy writers working right now. With You Can Run he takes the serial killer thriller to a higher level, creating a subtly off-kilter world suffused with low key menace, where moments of intense disquiet and stinging emotion disturb as much as the terrifying evil at its core' Eva Dolan
Steve Mosby is one of the finest writers in the UK . . . Mosby takes the serial killer genre and provides something new and exciting . . . This is a book - and author - I will endlessly recommend Luca Veste
A troubled cop, an even more troubled novelist, and a serial killer go 15 feverish rounds.It all begins, or begins to end, when a stolen car chased by the police crashes into mechanic John Blythe's garage, revealing inside the figure of half-dead Amanda Cassidy, stripped, starved, and locked into a homemade pillory. Venturing into Blythe's basement, detectives Will Turner and Emma Beck make an even more horrifying discovery: three sealed barrels containing the remains of no less than 12 victims of the Red River Killer, who's kidnapped, assaulted, and killed 14 women. Assigned to hunt down and capture the fugitive Blythe, Will remains disturbingly fixated instead on reconstructing the Red River Killer's long career, focusing especially on the vexing question of which of his victims' mortal parts isn't contained in those barrels. When his path crosses that of Jeremy Townsend, a former novelist driven to equally self-tormenting behavior by the memory of his wife, Melanie West, the Killer's sixth victim, the two men explosively fail to bond. But their relationship looks positively healthy compared to that of Blythe, a resourceful quarry who's used to living off the land, and the sometime accomplice he's dubbed the WORM, whose agenda turns out to be quite different from his. With so many free agents prowling the English countryside, complications are bound to crop up, and brother, do they ever, creating both prospective action sequences and retrospective puzzles in the wheels-within-wheels manner of Jeffery Deaver. Although exasperated readers may often share Will's sense that his detective work is "all just feelings, hunches," Mosby (The Reckoning on Cane Hill, 2016, etc.) maintains a command of his convoluted plot that's truly dazzling.A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma guaranteed to play havoc with both your brain cells and your heartbeat.