In an ordinary suburb, a seemingly ordinary man tends his garden and tries to impress his neighbours as a heat wave clamps over the city. But all is not as it seems, and as death begins to stalk the city's streets and parks he finds himself caught up in a game beyond his control that brings terror to his very doorstep, and nothing about him or the place he lives will ever be the same again.
"I read it with the greatest pleasure ... A fascinating portrayal ..." - Zoe Wicomb (Playing in the Light and David's Story)
"A powerful and uncomfortable novel ... A psychologically rich study of a character ... and a gripping narrative ..." - Tom Pow (Captives)
"Remarkable ..." - Frank Kuppner (Something Very Like Murder and A Very Quiet Street)
COMMENDED in the YEOVIL LITERARY PRIZE and the CINNAMON PRESS NOVEL AWARD
"Powerful and compelling. This is a ground-breaking book." - Margaret Elphinstone.
David Manderson is a novelist, short story writer and literary and film historian. He ran the Reel to Real Short Film Festival at the Glasgow Film Festival for nine years, and founded and edited the creative writing magazine Nerve in the late 1990s. He has published many stories, articles and essays in small magazines and literary anthologies. This is his first novel. He lives in Glasgow with his family, and currently runs the regular Reading Allowed event at the Tchai Ovna Café in Glasgow's west end.