A gruelling, knife-edge crime novel: contains descriptions of extreme violence
Greenwich, south-east London. The Met’s crack murder squad is called out by nervous CID detectives to a grim discovery. Five bodies have been found, all young women, all ritualistically murdered, dumped on wasteland near the Millennium Dome. When a post-mortem examination reveals a singular, horrific signature linking the victims, officers realize that they are on the trail of the most dangerous offender known to the force: a sexual serial killer. Detective Inspector Jack Caffery, young, driven, unshockable, finds himself facing hostility within the force and echoes of his past in this. Tortured by a death long ago that he might have prevented, he now employs every weapon forensic science can offer, he knows time is limited; this sadistic killer will strike again.
In the pitch dark, nine feet under water, police diver Flea Marley closes her gloved fingers around a human hand. The fact that there's no body attached is disturbing enough. Yet more disturbing is the discovery, a day later, of the matching hand - indications suggest that the victim was still alive when they were removed. Flea and DI Jack Caffery soon establish that the hands belong to a boy who has recently disappeared. Their search for him - and for his abductor - lead them into the darkest recesses of Bristol's underworld, where drug addiction is rife, where street-kids sell themselves for a hit, and where an ancient evil lurks.
November, and evening is closing in as DI Jack Caffery arrives to interview the victim of a stolen car. The man who's stolen the car has also taken an eleven year-old girl. And she's still missing. Sergeant Flea Marley has heard about the car-jacker. He's done it before, she tells Caffery. Twice. Only previously he's let the girls go. A day later the car is found. Inside, there's a letter: “It's started”. And Caffery knows that soon the jacker will choose another random car, the only important thing being the girl in the back seat. Caffery's a good and instinctive cop but this time the jacker seems to be ahead of him - every step of the way...
In an unassuming house, on a quiet residential street in south London, a husband and wife are discovered, imprisoned in their own home. Badly dehydrated, they’ve been bound and beaten and the husband is close to death. But worse is to come: their young son is missing.
When DI Jack Caffery of the Met’s AMIT squad is called in to investigate, the similarities to events in his own past make it impossible for him to view this new crime with necessary detachment. As Jack attempts to hold his own life together in the face of ever more disturbing revelations, the real nightmare begins . . .
Horrifying, unforgettable, intense, The Treatment is a novel that touches the raw nerve of our darkest imaginings.
Grey Hutchins comes to Tokyo seeking answers to what happened during the Nanking Massacre in which, in one city, the Japanese Army killed up to 300,000 civilians. But she finds herself increasingly desperate and alone in a nightclub catering for Japanese businessmen. One gangster dominates- an old man rumoured to rely on a powerful elixir for his continued wealth and well-being. It is an elixir that others want for themselves - at any price.
What if you found yourself divorced and penniless? With no skills and a teenage daughter to support? These are questions Cal has never really thought about before. She’s always been a bit of a dreamer. Until now. Her sister Zoe is her polar opposite. A detective inspector working out of Bath Central, no one would guess that she hides a crippling secret that dates back 20 years. Then Cal's daughter gets into difficulties, and Cal finds she needs cash fast. With no one to help her, she is forced into a criminal world of extreme pornography and illegal drugs. Two sisters intent on survival. Until one does something so terrifying that there's no way back...
Nine feet under water, police diver Flea Marley closes her gloved fingers around a human hand. The fact that there's no body attached is disturbing enough. Even more disturbing is the discovery, a day later, of the matching hand. Both have been recently amputated, and the indications are that the victim was still alive when they were removed. DI Jack Caffery has been newly seconded to the Major Crime Investigation Unit in Bristol. He and Flea soon establish that the hand belong to a young man who has recently disappeared. Their search lead them into the darkest recesses of Bristol's underworld, where drug addiction is rife, where street-kids sell themselves for a hit, and where one of Africa's most disturbing rituals may be making an unexpected appearance.
Investigative journalist Joe Oaks is on the trail of a strange creature caught on some amateur film footage: a figure so deformed it can hardly be human. Recently arrived on the remote Scottish island where it was sighted, he is determined to expose the creature as the religious hoax it so obviously must be. But his confrontation, and its violent and bloody aftermath, is so catastrophic that it forces him to question the nature of evil, and whether he might not be responsible for the terrible crimes about to unfold.
Jack Caffery’s newest case seems like a routine carjacking, a crime he’s seen plenty of times before. But as the hours tick by and his investigation morphs into a nightmare, he realizes the sickening truth: the thief wasn’t after the car, but the eleven-year-old girl in the backseat. Meanwhile, police diver Sergeant Flea Marley is pursuing her own theory of the case, and what she finds in an abandoned, half-submerged tunnel could put her in grave danger.
The carjacker is always a step ahead of the Major Crime Investigation Unit, toying with their minds in taunting letters, and ready to strike again. As the chances for his victims grow slimmer, Jack and Flea race to fit the pieces together in time.
©2010 Mo Hayder (P)2013 Dreamscape Media, LLC