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Summary

Join Merrily Watkins - parish priest, single mother and exorcist - in her 11th chilling tale of murder, mystery and intrigue.

The elite warriors of the Hereford-based SAS know all about pain and the enduring of it. Syd Spicer, ex-SAS trooper, has found himself back in the regiment - this time as its chaplain, responsible for the spiritual welfare of the hardest men in or out of uniform. Faced with a case which would normally be passed discreetly to Hereford diocesan exorcist Merrily Watkins, Spicer is forced, for security reasons, to try and handle it himself - and is coming close to a breakdown.

Meanwhile, the scattered communities along the Welsh border have their own crisis. With recession biting deep, urban crime has spilled into the countryside, and old barbaric evils are revived. When a wealthy landowner is hacked to death in his own farmyard, the senior investigating officer, DI Frannie Bliss, is caught in the backlash, his private life in danger of exposure.

With the framework of her own world beginning to crack, Merrily is persuaded to venture into areas where neither a priest nor a woman is welcome to unearth secrets linked with the border's pagan past. Secrets which she knows can never be disclosed.

©2011 Phil Rickman (P)2012 Isis Audio Books

Critic reviews

"Rickman once again cleverly blends supernatural elements with a conventional whodunit plot.... The writing and characterizations are first-rate." ( Publisher's Weekly)
"A first-class thriller - with a difference." ( The Guardian)

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Phil Rickman brilliant again

I'm an avid fan of all of Phil's books. In fact love them so much I am now listening to them all over again instead of reading them. I admit I do purchase the books first.lol. Love the narration although I'd always pictured Gomer with a more Hertfordshire accent which I always believed was a mixture of Gloucester Midlands and Welsh thrown into the mix accent. Although in my case mainly West countryish. The music interludes by Lol Robinson (don't know who is the actual musician is) which you don't get in the books, is a great addition to my listening experience. It's a great story wrote by a master of suspense, with a touch of a supernatural whodunit. Roll on the next one.