The second stunning literary crime novel in the Song Cycle trilogy from the acclaimed author of Booker-longlisted PEACETIME, and THE BOOK OF THE HEATHEN. In the second volume of the Song Cycle trilogy, Hull private Investigator Leo Rivers is approached by the mother of a girl who disappeared a year earlier in violent and mysterious circumstances. Investigating both the background to this disappearance, and the man held to be responsible, Rivers is drawn through a long, hot summer into a world of human-trafficking and Governmental corruption at every turn, each unravelled piece of the mystery moving him further from the vanished girl and deeper into a web of exploitation, greed, temptation, revenge and violence, from which even he is eventually unable to extricate himself without unforeseen and tragic consequences.
Robert Edric was born in 1956. His novels include Winter Garden (1985 James Tait Black Prize winner), A New Ice Age (1986 runner-up for the Guardian Fiction Prize), A Lunar Eclipse, The Earth Made of Glass, Elysium, In Desolate Heaven, The Sword Cabinet, The Book of the Heathen (shortlisted for the 2001 WH Smith Literary Award) and Peacetime (longlisted for the Booker Prize 2002). Cradle Song and Siren Song are the first two books in the Song Cycle Trilogy, the final book, Swan Song, is now available from Doubleday.