"Engaging and appealingly complex."-Canberra Times"Pace and tautness . . . Evocative landscapes-characters develop complexity and lodge in the consciousness."-Weekend Australian"Disher writes a mean crime thriller."-The AgeA serial killer is on the loose in a small coastal town near Melbourne. Detective Inspector Hal Challis and his team must apprehend him before he strikes again. But first Challis must contend with the editor of a local news-paper who undermines his investigation at every turn and with his wife, who is attempting to resurrect their marriage through long-distance phone calls from a sanitarium where she has been imprisoned for the past eight years for attempted murder. His.The media is demanding to know what Challis is doing about the killer; his colleagues are either giving trouble or in it; and his past keeps coming back to haunt him. Can Challis and his team nab the Peninsula Highway killer before anyone else gets hurt?Garry Disher was born in Burra, Australia in 1949. He was awarded a creative writing fellowship from Stanford University in 1978. He has published over 40 books, including novels for adults and children. Disher received the German Crime Fiction Critic's prize for two years in a row, 20002001 for this book and Kitty Hawk Down, his second Inspector Challis novel, which has been nominated for the 2003 Ned Kelly Award for Australian Crime Writing. He lives in Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, with his wife and daughter.