Skin

Mo Hayder, Author . Grove $22 (382p) ISBN 978-0-8021-1930-8

Det. Insp. Jack Caffery of Bristol's Major Crime Investigation Unit looks into the case of Misty Kitson, a footballer's wife who vanished from rehab, in Hayder's chilling thriller, which picks up a few days after the grisly climax of 2008's Ritual . Caffery is distracted by the apparent suicide of a young man who he's convinced shows signs of mutilation similar to the victims of muti , the African black magic that figured in the previous book. Meanwhile, Sgt. Phoebe “Flea” Marley, a police diver, is busy exploring a series of flooded quarries in search of a missing woman, but her mind is elsewhere, too: the discovery that her brother, Thom, plays a vital role in Misty's much publicized disappearance. After two more alleged suicides, Caffery isn't sure if he's imagining a connection to muti , or if the answer is closer to home but no less deadly. Hayder captures the claustrophobia of Flea's dives in unsettling detail and continues to build on her two damaged heroes. (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 11/16/2009
Release date: 01/01/2010
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