A routine call to a sleazy Phoenix hotel throws police sergeant Alex Volchak into a world where the brain-dead check themselves out of hospital, and a stranger can seem to know the most intimate details of his life. Like his feelings for Loretta, the neighbour who’s more than a friend, and her daughter Georgina, so much the child he never had. Volchak finds himself on the hunt for a child killer, someone who can apparently switch bodies with ease, and who is playing games with the police. And then Georgina is taken.
‘The best fusion of crime and horror since Hjortsberg’s Falling Angel … Ordinary police procedures can’t begin to cope with this’ – Time Out
‘An excellent thriller … a cracking pace … large helpings of deadpan gallows humour … a genuine ability to create a sense of evil’ – Glasgow Evening News
302pp. A5-format paperback novel.
Published 19 May 2005
Also available as a numbered limited edition deluxe hardback, signed by Stephen Gallagher and Stephen Laws:
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stephen Gallagher was born in Salford, Greater Manchester. Early in his career he wrote several novels and a number of television scripts, including for Doctor Who, Rosemary & Thyme and Bugs, for two seasons of which he was script consultant along with Brian Clemens. He adapted his novel Chimera for ITV and directed the adaptation of his novel Oktober. He went on to write the feature-length episode The Kingdom of Bones for the BBC series Murder Rooms. He also developed and wrote a science-based series for ITV, The Eleventh Hour, starring Patrick Stewart. His series format was then acquired for a US remake, which aired on CBS, with him scripting two episodes . He was lead writer and story supervisor on NBC’s 13-part series Crusoe, screened in 2008/2009. He served as co-executive producer on the crime show The Forgotten. The Legacy, a two-part story for Season 16 of the BBC’s Silent Witness, was broadcast in 2013.