Milburn makes evocative use of his Dorset locations to chronicle Dan Richardson’s progress from supernatural author to avenging slayer after he strikes a bargain with Giles Alderson’s mysterious stranger to find the thugs who killed his wife. Once Milburn reveals the nature of the pact and the fact the culprits belong to a snuff movie racket, the action picks up pace before reaching a poignant climax.

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