After what feels like a lifetime of mayhem, Simon Ellice returns to the Hampshire village where he grew up.

He enjoys the solace and tranquility of rural life, working on a farm and getting to know the lively locals, but suddenly Si walks right into a deadly mystery. Old friends are going missing and then turning up dead. Someone from the City is spreading their evil tentacles and Si dives into London's underworld to uncover a conspiracy of poisoning, murder and pagan ritual that threatens those closest to him.

Written with Humphris’ razor-sharp style, this is Simon Ellice's darkest and most challenging adventure yet, touching on themes of sacrifice and objectification, that threaten the very foundations of our civilised world.

About the author

In his office you will find Rod typing, flanked by two enormous dogs, and surrounded by the ephemera he has collected on his travels.

Rod Humphris is the winner of N. N. Light Best Fiction Award 2016 @Rod_Humphris

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Why We Like It

'Written with impressive energy, invention and wit.' - Martin Fletcher 

"The precision with which the author applies detail brings everything to remarkable life creating a hyper-reality which is entirely appropriate for the decentred characters, the exuberance of unfettered youth, the Tarantino-esque relish for random violence.” Martin Fletcher (on Rod Humphris)

This author captures my sense of humor and it has been times innumerable that my reading of his books had me laughing so loud it disturbed people around me! N.N.Light

"Dark contemplative Illustrations by Laura R. Molnar pepper the text.” NB Magazine

In his office you will find Rod typing, flanked by two enormous dogs, and surrounded by the ephemera he has collected on his travels.

“I always read. Since I can remember. First Asterix, then Willard Price, then Conan Doyle, then everything else. I’ve had a paperback jammed into my back pocket most days of my life. I remember wanting to write a book when I was about 12 and wanting to put everything into it”

“I’ve read every kind of book, but the ones I love most are stories of adventure, so that’s what I write. I’ve put thousands of hours into learning to do it well. It’s taken me a long time, but I’ve developed my own voice and my own style. I spend so much time with Si, my main character, that he seems as real to me as anyone I know. In some cases, more so. I’m happiest and most productive when travelling about in my battered old truck with a canoe on top and a dog in the back.”

Rod Humphris is the winner of N. N. Light Best Fiction Award 2016 @Rod_Humphris

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