Little Lucy Appleyard is snatched from her child minder's on a cold winter afternoon, and the nightmare begins. It is as if the child has disappeared into a black hole with no clues to her whereabouts - until the first grisly discovery in a London graveyard. More such finds are to follow, all at religious sites. In a city haunted by religion, what do these offerings signify?
All that stands now between Lucy and the final sacrifice are CID sergeant on the verge of disgrace and a woman cleric - Lucy's parents - but how can they hope to halt the evil forces that are gathering around their innocent daughter?
This is the first novel in Andrew Taylor's 'Roth Trilogy', linked psychological thrillers which, like an archaeological dig, stirp away the layers of a psychopath's history.