Une mère de famille disparaît, un tueur en série apparaît... Celle qui occupe une place de choix sur la scène du polar féminin anglais livre ici un roman aussi noir que lumineux, pour conter l'Angleterre des oubliés, la fin de l'innocence et la perversité infinie des hommes. Une jolie pépite, dans la lignée de son chef-d'oeuvre, Sous les bruyères.
Grande-Bretagne, de nos jours.
Restez dans la voiture, je ne serai pas longue. Jack est responsable de vous. En panne sur l'autoroute, Jack, et ses deux petites soeurs Joy et Merry regardent leur mère, enceinte, s'éloigner en quête de secours. Ils ne la reverront plus. Quelques jours plus tard, le corps de la jeune femme est retrouvé sur un parking.
Trois années ont passé. Désormais âgé de 14 ans, Jack fait de son mieux pour prendre soin de ses deux soeurs tout en restant sous le radar des services sociaux. Agile et malin, l'adolescent cambriole les maisons du voisinage en quête de nourriture. C'est ainsi que son chemin croise celui de Catherine While.
Alors que son mari est en déplacement, la jeune femme enceinte découvre de mystérieuses lettres de menace, et un couteau laissé près de son lit.
Jack en est convaincu : le meurtrier de sa mère a trouvé sa nouvelle victime. Mais comment agir, alerter Catherine, la police, sans prendre le risque d'être démasqué lui-même ? De perdre ses soeurs ? Qui croira un enfant ?
La vérité a un prix... Jack est-il prêt à le payer ?
Les cadavres ne parlent pas, paraît-il. Pourtant en salle d'autopsie, le cadavre n° 19 a des choses à dire...
Ce jour-là, Patrick Fort, un étudiant en anatomie atteint du syndrome d'Asperger, doit déterminer la cause de la mort d'un homme. Or le corps étendu sur la table de dissection s'apprête à lui livrer une histoire bien différente des conclusions offi cielles du légiste. Patrick est passionné, obsessionnel, il veut comprendre. Mais tandis qu'il tente d'exhumer une vérité que certains s'évertuent à cacher, il déterre nombre de secrets et mensonges, dont certains le concernent personnellement...
" Des échos évidents au Bizarre Incident du chien pendant la nuit de Mark Haddon, mais avec une trame plus serrée que le noeud coulant du bourreau, Cadavre 19 mérite décidément de rencontrer le même succès ! "Sunday Express
It is freezing midwinter on Exmoor, and in a closeknit community where no stranger goes unnoticed, a local woman has been found murdered in her bed. This is local policeman Jonas Holly's first murder investigation. But he is distracted by anonymous letters, accusing him of failing to do his job.
Taunted by the killer and sidelined by his abrasive senior detective, Jonas has no choice but to strike out alone on a terrifying hunt . . . but who is hunting who?
Twelve-year-old Steven Lamb digs holes on Exmoor, hoping to find a body. Every day after school, while his classmates swap football stickers, Steven goes digging to lay to rest the ghost of the uncle he never knew, who disappeared aged eleven and is assumed to have fallen victim to the notorious serial killer Arnold Avery.
Only Steven's Nan is not convinced her son is dead. She still waits for him to come home, standing bitter guard at the front window while her family fragments around her. Steven is determined to heal the widening cracks between them before it's too late. And if that means presenting his grandmother with the bones of her murdered son, he'll do it.
So the boy takes the next logical step, carefully crafting a letter to Arnold Avery in prison. And there begins a dangerous cat-and-mouse game between a desperate child and a bored serial killer . . .
FROM THE AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF BLACKLANDS The eight-year-old boy had vanished from the car and - as if by slick, sick magic - had been replaced by a note on the steering wheel:
You don't love him At the height of summer a dark shadow falls across Exmoor. Children are being stolen.
There are no explanations, no ransom demands...and no hope.
Policeman Jonas Holly faces a precarious journey into the warped mind of the kidnapper if he is to find them. But there are some who would say that Jonas is the last man to entrust with this job...
*Winner of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award* 'Taking the psychological thriller into new territory' Independent Life is strange for Patrick Fort - being a medical student with Asperger's Syndrome doesn't come without its challenges. And that's before he is faced with solving a possible murder.
Because the body Patrick is examining in anatomy class is trying to tell him all kinds of things. And now he must stay out of danger long enough to unravel the mystery - while he dissects his own evidence...
'Call your mother.' 'What do I say?' 'Say goodbye.' This is how it begins.
Lone women terrorised and their helpless families forced to watch - in a sick game where only one player knows the rules. And when those rules change, the new game is Murder.
Living with her parents in the dank beach community of Limeburn, ten-year-old Ruby Trick has her own fears. Bullies on the school bus, the forest crowding her house into the sea, and the threat of divorce.
Helping her Daddy to catch the killer might be the key to keeping him close.
As long as the killer doesn't catch her first...
Tout doit disparaître Une mère de famille éreintée emmène ses jumeaux à Ikea deux fois par semaine : la garderie est gratuite et les lits confortables !
Icare Le père de Mickey est mourant. Malgré leurs relations tendues - le jeune homme se livre à des activités douteuses, ce qui déçoit beaucoup son père - Mickey tient à adoucir ses derniers jours. Contre toute attente, c'est une renaissance pour lui aussi...
'The most polished crime writer on the murder beat . . . Exhausting, exhilarating and damn scary, another 24-carat creation from the Queen of Thrills' Daily Express Five footprints are the only sign that Daniel Buck was ever here. Yesterday they were a family just like any other: Anna and James, and their little boy, Daniel.But in one careless moment everything changed.A front door accidentally left ajar . . . and Daniel was gone. Now they are a pair of strangers who can't even look each other in the eye.Distrust and unspoken words fill the void where their son used to be.Anna will go to any lengths to find Daniel - a four-year-old doesn't just vanish into thin air. But how far will this desperate search push her?Right to the brink.And beyond.
There's no safety in numbers . . . Eve Singer needs death. With her career as a TV crime reporter flagging, she'll do anything to satisfy her ghoulish audience.The killer needs death too. He even advertises his macabre public performances, where he hopes to show the whole world the beauty of dying.When he contacts Eve, she welcomes the chance to be first with the news from every gory scene. Until she realizes that the killer has two obsessions.One is public murder.And the other one is her . . . 'A masterclass in storytelling. Crime novels don't get much better than this. I loved it' C L Taylor
'The best crime novel I've read in a very long time.' VAL MCDERMIDSNAP DECISIONS CAN BE DANGEROUS . . . On a stifling summer's day, eleven-year-old Jack and his two sisters sit in their broken-down car, waiting for their mother to come back and rescue them. Jack's in charge, she'd said. I won't be long.But she doesn't come back. She never comes back. And life as the children know it is changed for ever.Three years later, Jack is still in charge - of his sisters, of supporting them all, of making sure nobody knows they're alone in the house, and - quite suddenly - of finding out the truth about what happened to his mother. . .'Snap is the best kind of crime novel. It gives you chills, it makes you think and it touches your heart. I loved it!' SARAH PINBOROUGH, No.1 bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes'Original, pacy and thoroughly entertaining . . . a cracking read.' CLARE MACKINTOSH, bestselling author of I Let You Go'No one writes crime novels like Belinda Bauer, with a rare blend of darkness, humour and heart. She's a crime writing genius.' C. L. Taylor, bestselling author of The MissingPRAISE FOR BELINDA BAUER:'Belinda Bauer has shifted the boundaries of what makes a truly gripping, terrifying thriller. Imagine Thomas Harris crossed with Kate Atkinson and you still won't be close . . . will leave you breathless.' Daily Mirror'Belinda Bauer is a marvel. Her novels are almost indecently gripping and enjoyable.' Sophie Hannah'Bauer's victims are so beautifully illuminated . . . you sense their fears oozing off the page.' Daily Express'Bauer sees deeper than most into people's emotions.' The Times'One of the leading names in crime fiction.' Stylist