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When Maurice Tyson, housemaster in a top boys’ boarding school in Ireland, is found on the floor of a dormitory with his throat slit, even Superintendent Denis Lennon and Sergeant Molly Power of the Irish Police Force are shaken but, above all, perplexed.

Is it a revenge killing? A kidnap attempt by terrorist operatives gone badly wrong? Or is there a connection to a former student who killed himself in a horrible way barely a year ago?

Then a boy mysteriously disappears and, as the hunt gets underway for his abductors, events take a further dark turn. Sir Neville Randler, former occupant of the castle which the school now occupies, is found murdered bearing the signature mark of a slit throat.

Someone out there has an awful lot to hide and will stop at nothing…


Praise for Andrew Nugent
'A rip-roaring read'
Irish Examiner
'Carries the reader along from its start right to the surprising and shocking denouement'
Irish Independent
'The author, a former lawyer who is now a Benedictine monk, has an elegant, witty style... and entertaining story with nice touches of humour'
Sunday Telegraph
'It would take an iron will not to find oneself swept along by the pace at which the story is told'
The Irish Times
'An erudite, witty and altogether delightful debut, full of characters laced with eccentricity and Irish charm'
Kirkus Reviews (starred)
'Excellent ... Nugent deploys all the intellect and linguistic brilliance required of his former profession, coupled with the deep humour, understanding and genuine interest in his fellow human beings essential to his vocation'