- Publisher: Berkley Books
- Format: Paperback | 432 pages
- Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 23mm | 340g
- Publication date: 4 December 2012
- ISBN 10: 042525321X
- ISBN 13: 9780425253212
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 482,555
In a hospital bed, small-time private detective Ray Lovell veers between paralysis and delirium. But before the accident that landed him there, he'd been hired to find Rose Janko, the estranged daughter of a traveling Gypsy family, who went missing seven years earlier. Half Romany himself, Ray is well aware that he's been chosen more for his blood than for his investigative skills. Still, he's surprised by the intense hostility he encounters from the Jankos, who haven't had an easy past. Touched by tragedy, they're either cursed or hiding a terrible secret--the discovery of which Ray can't help suspecting is connected to Rose's disappearance... Seamlessly toggling between Ray's past and present, and the perspective of the missing woman's young nephew JJ, Stef Penney builds a gripping page-turner that doesn't let go until its shocking end.
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Stef Penney's debut novel, "The Tenderness of Wolves," was a national bestseller and the recipient of the prestigious Costa Book Award in 2006. Penney, who was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, is also a screenwriter.
"Utterly new and utterly enthralling."--"New York Times" bestselling author Tana French"Fascinating."--"The New York Times""Penney gives her plot plenty of twists and saves the best for the end, with a truly unforeseen and unpredictable conclusion."--"Kirkus Reviews"