By Mo Hayder
Just after lunch on a Tuesday in April, 9 toes underwater, police diver Flea Marley closes her gloved arms round a human hand. No physique is connected. much more hectic is the invention, an afternoon later, of the matching hand—recently amputated, and got rid of whereas the sufferer used to be nonetheless alive. Detective Jack Caffery of the foremost Crime research Unit in Bristol is named in to enquire, and he and Marley quickly determine that the palms belong to a tender guy who has lately disappeared. Their look for him—and for his abductor—lead them into the darkest recesses of Bristol’s underworld, the place street-kids promote themselves for successful, and the place one in every of Africa’s most annoying rituals can be making an unforeseen visual appeal. the 1st novel to add the investigative staff of Flea and Jack, Ritual is a masterpiece of suspense that might preserve readers guessing till the final breath.
“Hayder . . . strikes to a different point during this spellbinder. With characters so complicated, so attention-grabbing that they can populate a dozen novels, she sends readers right into a demimonde of formality magic, desperation, guilt, and dying, all exquisitely composed. . . . Ritual is amazing, dense, frightening; certainly the best crime novels of [the year].”—The Globe and Mail
“Ritual strikes from the eerie and unsafe to the downright ferocious as progressively as an oncoming teach. . . . this can be one you are going to hate to place down and hate to complete. yet you are going to love the ride.”—Jack Ketchum, writer of The Lost and The lady subsequent Door