Title Profile & Character Information

A Question of Identity

Annotation
Susan Hill- the Man Booker Prize nominee and winner of the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham, and John Llewellyn Rhys awards- returns with a gripping mystery "eagerly awaited by all aficionados" (P.D. James).

A particularly unpleasant murder, that of a very old woman in a housing project, rocks the town of Lafferton. The murderer has left a distinctive "sign" on the body and at the scene of crime. A couple of weeks later, a similar murder occurs, and a month or so later, so does another.

Initial investigations discover that the mysterious "sign" left on the body was the calling card of a suspect who was charged with several murders in the northwest of the country, tried but acquitted on the grounds of insufficient evidence. All indications suggest that this person has simply vanished. Or is he right under their noses? Simon Serrailler is obliged to make delve deeper and scratch out answers, in this addictive mystery of surpassing darkness by the bestselling Susan Hill.


Characters
NameSerrailler, Simon
GenderMale
OccupationChief inspector

GenreFiction
Mystery
    --Detective, Professional
    --British
    --Police procedural
Suspense
Crime
TopicsMurder
Mysteries
Crime
Private investigators
Search for truth
Ritual killings
SettingEngland
Lafferton, England


Series
  Simon Serrailler mystery
1The Various haunts of men
2The Pure in heart
3The Risk of darkness
4The Vows of silence
5The Shadows in the street
6The Betrayal of trust
7A Question of identity