The Calling of the Grave
lot of readers have asked about David Hunter’s past, and in The Calling of the Grave I felt it was
time to reveal a little more about his background – especially the events that
shaped the man we’ve seen in the previous novels.
Eight years ago Hunter was part of a forensic team
tasked with finding the graves of missing teenage girls, the victims of a
brutal rapist and murderer called Jerome Monk. Back then Hunter’s life was very
different - happily married and with a young daughter, he was confident in his
abilities and optimistic about the future.
Now that’s all changed. Haunted by personal
tragedy, he’s forced to return to Dartmoor when Monk escapes from prison and
appears to be targeting people involved in the search. As Hunter confronts a
past he’d hoped was buried, he begins to realise that the events of eight years
ago are far from over, and that his only chance of ending the violence
unfolding now is by questioning everything - and everyone - he thought he knew.
Calling of the Grave is probably
the most ambitious book I’ve written. My aim was to create an unpredictable,
compelling story in which neither Hunter nor the reader can take anything for
granted. I wanted to spring some real surprises, both about Hunter’s past as
well as the present, which I hope I’ve done. As well as provide a few scares
and sleepless nights on the way...
Published by Bantam Press (3 Feb 2011)