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The Hanged Man – Si­mon Ker­nick, Cen­tury – out Wed­nes­day THRILLER fans know they are in safe hands with best­selling Ker­nick. And his lat­est has enough break­neck ac­tion and sus­pense to be a real page turner.

In this se­quel to The Bone Field, which also works as a stand-alone read, the re­mains of seven women are dis­cov­ered in a re­mote house.

There’s a re­turn for DI Ray Ma­son, a like­able de­tec­tive who is none too fussy about act­ing within the con­straints of the law.

In the best tra­di­tion, he is haunted by per­sonal demons.

Ma­son is joined by his equally driven girl­friend and hard-as-nails for­mer cop Tina Boyd in the hunt for a cru­cial wit­ness who can blow open a mur­der­ous con­spir­acy.

De­liv­ered in short, punchy chap­ters, it races along from a TAKE steps from car park at Mot­ti­s­tone Es­tate, Isle of Wight, to Mot­ti­s­tone Gar­dens en­trance. 1 Leave church­yard by south gate, right into Rid­get Lane, right on BS74 track to­wards Manor Farm. Take style on left be­fore farm­yard. 2 Stay on BS74. After pond, bear left. Fol­low bound­ary. Right at T-junc­tion, bear left be­fore trees, keep wood on right. 3 Take path over bridge, stile and meadow. Cross an­other stile. Left on to Mil­i­tary Road. 4 Turn right along verge. Pass two cot­tages and cross road and stile op­po­site. Over wooden foot­bridge, fol­low field edge to corner stile. Cross that and next field. 5 Turn left, take path through gate. At foot­path sign through left-hand gate fol­low field edge to corner. Through gate, over Mil­i­tary Road, to way back to Mot­ti­s­tone. Na­tion­al­trust.org.uk.

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