The Treatment

The Treatment

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In an unassuming house, on a quiet residential street a husband and wife are discovered, imprisoned in their own home. Badly dehydrated, they've been bound and beaten and the husband is close to death. But worse is to come: their young son is missing. When Dl Jack Caffery is called in to investigate, the similarities to events in his own past make it impossible for him to view this new crime with the necessary detachment. As Jack attempts to hold his own life together the real nightmare more

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  • Mixed media product
  • ISIS Publishing
  • ISIS Audio Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753117649
  • 9780753117644

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A storm of controversy surrounded Mo Hayder when her debut novel Birdman was published: the book enjoyed astonishing success, but called down a fearsome wrath on the author for unflinchingly entering the blood-boltered territory of Thomas Harris's Hannibal books. This too is a remarkably vivid and meticulously detailed shocker: less grimly compelling than its predecessor, perhaps, but still a world away from the cosy reassurance of most current crime fiction. In a shady south London residential street, a husband and wife are found tied up, the man near death. Both have been beaten and are suffering from acute dehydration. DI Jack Cafferey of the Met's murder squad is told to investigate the disappearance of the couple's son, and as he uncovers a series of dark parallels with his own life, he finds it more and more difficult to make the tough decisions necessary to crack a terrifying case. As in Birdman, Cafferey is characterized with particular skill, and Hayder is able (for the most part) to make us forget the very familiar cloth he's cut from. The personal involvement of a copper in a grim case is an over-familiar theme, but it's rarely been dispatched with the panache and vividness on display here. (Kirkus UK)show more

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