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Summary

Blood stains the altar. Can she be found?

Paula Maguire, forensic psychologist is called in to investigate a missing girl and the disappearance of a holy relic in Claire McGowan's exhilarating fourth novel in the series, A Savage Hunter. The Paula Maguire series is sure to enthral fans of Stuart MacBride and Lee Child.

Victim: Female. Twenty-two years of age.

Reason for investigation: Missing person.

ID: Alice Morgan. Student. Last seen at a remote religious shrine in Ballyterrin.

Alice Morgan's disappearance raises immediate questions for forensic psychologist Paula Maguire. Alice, the daughter of a life peer in the Home Office, has vanished along with a holy relic - the bones of a saint - and the only trace is the bloodstains on the altar.

With no body to confirm death, the pressure in this high-profile case is all-consuming, and Paula knows that she will have to put her own life, including her imminent marriage, on hold, if they are to find the truth.

A connection to a decades-old murder immediately indicates that all may not be as it seems; as the summer heat rises and tempers fray, can Alice be found or will they learn that those that are hungry for vengeance may be the most savage of all?

©2016 Claire McGowan (P)2016 Headline Digital

Critic reviews

"A knockout new talent." (Lee Child)
"Ireland's answer to Ruth Rendell." (Ken Bruen)
"Astonishing, powerful and immensely satisfying." (Peter James)
"A complex, disturbing, resonant novel that remains light on its feet and immensely entertaining." ( Irish Times)
"McGowan...knows how to tell a cracking story. She will go far." ( Daily Mail)

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Love this series

Paula Maguire is a forensic psychologist who grew up in NI. She has a complicated life but I just love her. I’m eating up these books - the crimes are detailed and intricately woven, the back story threading through the series is well written and I just can’t wait to see what happens next.