Author(s): Susan Hill
A woman vanishes in the fog up on 'the Hill', an area locally known for its tranquility and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man and even a dog disappear no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet cathedral town. Young policewoman Freya Graffham is assigned to the case, she's new to the job, compassionate, inquisitive, dedicated and needs to know - perhaps too much. She and the enigmatic detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler have the task of unraveling the mystery behind this gruesome sequence of events. From the passages revealing the killer's mind to the final heart-stopping twist, "The Various Haunts of Men" is an astounding and masterly crime debut and is the first in a magnificent series featuring Simon Serrailler.
'I loved this book...Not all great novelists can write crime fiction but when Susan Hill does the result is stunning' Ruth Rendell 20040922
'Susan Hill has always been able to tell a good story... and we should be delighted that she has turned her formidable talent to crime writing. This is the first of what promises to be a splendid series.' Daily Mail 20050617 This book must be judged as a potential successor to the great sequences of detective writing by PD James and Ruth Rendell...excellent Daily Telegraph The novel is not only a gripping whodunit but a subtle study of the mind of a psychopath Daily Mail She has the priceless ability to construct a solidly-researched narrative that keeps the reader turning the pages Independent
Susan Hill has won both the Whitbread and Somerset Maugham Awards and been shortlisted for the Booker. She is the subject of one of the Vintage Living Texts. She runs her own publishing business, Longbarn Books, and edited the literary magazine, Books and Company. Her novels are set for GCSE and A Level, and her play, The Woman in Black, has been running in London's West End for 15 years.