The Hand of the Devil

The Hand of the Devil

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When young magazine journalist Ashley Reeves receives an intriguing letter, he leaves his London office in the hope of reporting on an unusual species of insect - the Ganges Red. That evening he arrives on Aries Island and encounters the writer of the letter - Reginald Mather. At first Mather seems no more than an eccentric collector, happy to live in isolation on the island. But when Reeves unearths the horrific truth, he finds himself thrown headlong into a macabre nightmare that quickly spirals out of control. His life is in danger ...and Mather is not his only enemy ...Both gruesome and compelling, chilling and page-turning, this much-anticipated thriller from Dean Vincent Carter will delight older readers.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 144 x 200 x 30mm | 381.02g
  • Bodley Head Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0370328833
  • 9780370328836

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WHEN ASHLEY REEVES, a young journalist working for freak-of-nature magazine Missing Link, receives a letter promising him the story of his life, his life is exactly what it might cost him.

Dear MR REEVES,
I have in my possession a specimen known as the 'GANGES RED', a unique strain of the AEDES AEGYPTI mosquito family, and the only one of its kind. If you were to ask an expert about it, they would no doubt tell you that it does not exist.

I have enclosed a map that will help you find your way to Aries Island... I own the only only house... so you should have no trouble finding me. A boast can be chartered from Tryst Harbour... It would be splendid if you could come right away.

I am keen to share my discovery with the world, but being a private man I need to keep certain details to myself. Therefore I ask, if it is possible, that you should not divulge the specifics of this letter to a third party.

I have the honour to be sir, your obedient servant,
Reginald C. Mather
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Set to be [the] next big hit' INDEPDENDENT ON SUNDAY
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About Dean Vincent Carter

Dean Carter began writing short stories at the age of fourteen. After graduating from Thames Valley University with a degree in English and Media Studies, he worked in sales and as a bookseller at Hammicks before getting a job in the facilities department at Transworld Publishers and Random House Children's Books. His writing talent was spotted by his editor after she read his company-wide emails. Hand of the Devil is Dean Carter's debut novel. He lives in Hounslow, Middlesex.
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4 32% (86)
3 27% (73)
2 12% (33)
1 6% (15)
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