The Vows of Silence

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Knopf Canada, May 7, 2010 - Fiction
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Gunmen are terrorising young women in the Cathedral town of Lafferton.

What — if anything — links the apparently random murders? Is the marksman with a rifle the same person as the killer with a handgun?

Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler falls back on well-tried police methods such as questioning neighbours and house-to-house searches. He tries to stay on step ahead of the killer to prevent each new outrage. And he tries to think himself into the gunman’s head.

Meanwhile, his sister, Cat, has returned with her family from Australia, and Simon is once again sucked into family life at her welcoming farmhouse. But tragedy strikes, and the warmth and security of home are cruelly tested...

Vows of Silence is a sequel to The Various Haunts of Men, The Pure in Heart and The Risk of Darkness.


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User Review  - ehines - LibraryThing

The fourth novel in the Simon Serrailler series. The third, The Risk of Darkness, was a masterpiece of using a murder mystery to explore family ties, romantic attachments and the dynamics of ... Read full review

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This is a Simon Seruiler mystery, which means that aside from the particular mystery, it has the backdrop of Chief Superintendent Simon Seruiler, an artist detective with an attraction for and a ... Read full review

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Susan Hill is an award-winning novelist. She wrote Mrs de Winter, the bestselling sequel to Rebecca, and the ghost story The Woman in Black, which was adapted for the stage and has been running for eighteen years. Her most recent books are a collection of exquisite short stories, The Boy Who Taught the Beekeeper to Read, and the highly successful crime novel, The Various Haunts of Men. She lives in Gloucestershire where she runs her own small publishing company, Longbarn Books.


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