A Question of Identity

By Susan Hill
(Overlook Press, Hardcover, 9781468300505, 354pp.)

Publication Date: November 8, 2012

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the November 2012 Indie Next List
“Hill's Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler mysteries don't just create an almost unbearable atmosphere of brooding suspense; they also take you deeply into the lives, hearts, and minds of Serrailler, his family, and others – including some killers -- in the British cathedral town of Lafferton. In this latest story, elderly women are being killed by someone whose methods match those of a man charged in previous killings – a man whose name has now vanished from all public records. Stunning!”
-- Carol Schneck Varner, Schuler Books & Music, Okemos, MI

A particularly unpleasant murder, that of a very old woman in a housing project, rocks the town of Lafferton. The murderer has left a distinctive "sign" on the body and at the scene of crime. A couple of weeks later, a similar murder occurs, and a month or so later, so does another. Initial investigations discover that the mysterious "sign" left on the body was the calling card of a suspect who was charged with several murders in the northwest of the country, tried but acquitted on the grounds of insufficient evidence. All indications suggest that this person has simply vanished. Or is he right under their noses? Simon Serrailler is obliged to make delve deeper and scratch out answers, in this addictive mystery of surpassing darkness by the bestselling Susan Hill.

About the Author
Susan Hill was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, in 1942. She was educated at grammar schools there and in Coventry, and studied at King's College, London. She has written fiction as well as non fiction books, children's books, and two autobiographical books. She is a regular broadcaster and book reviewer. She is married to the Shakespeare scholar Stanley Wells. They have 2 daughters and live in Gloucestershire.
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