Cradle Song [trade paperback] by Robert Edric
A NOVEL by Robert Edric
PUBLICATION DATE May 2022
ABOUT THE BOOK
An imprisoned child murderer unexpectedly appeals his conviction. In return for a reduced sentence, he offers to implicate others involved in the crimes who were never caught, provide evidence of police corruption and, most importantly, reveal where the corpses of other long-sought but never found bodies are buried. Distressed at what may come to light, yet desperate to locate the body of his own missing daughter, the father of one of these girls approaches Hull private detective Leo Rivers with a plea for help. Rivers' enquiries stir cold and bitter memories. Long-dead enmities flare suddenly into violence and a succession of new killings. As the investigation continues, it gathers momentum and speeds inexorably to the even greater violence and sadness of its conclusion.
"Cradle Song is a superbly paced book… This is classic crime noir. Edric produces beautiful prose and arresting images as well as incisive social satire… Magnificently achieved." Giles Foden.
"Cradle Song is something substantial and distinctive. Edric has a clear, almost rain-washed style, eminently suitable for his Hull setting. A strong and serious novel, soberly entertaining and well worth your while." The Literary Review.
"A rewarding experience. This is murder at its most foul, crime at the deep end." The Spectator.
"Deeply intelligent… Vertiginously devious… Cradle Song twists like a fist round the throat of the reader." The Times.
"Highly accomplished. Edric fans can look forward to his usual sharply realized characters operating in a tense, pressured environment." The Independent.