'The Pure In Heart' continues the story of Simon Serrailler, the Detective Chief Inspector to whom readers were introduced in 'The Various Haunts Of Men'.
In the opening pages, Simon is on a painting holiday in Venice, trying to come to terms with the brutal murder of a young woman who had been in love with him. But soon a telephone call summons him home. He has family problems to face - and the stress and daily grind of running a busy police station.
In Lafferton, an English cathedral town, Susan Hill has brilliantly created an ordinary community with detail so sharp and true to life readers feel that these people are their own neighbours and friends. And that terror and evil are in their very midst . . .
A little boy is snatched as he stands with his satchel at the gate of his home, waiting for his lift to school. A severely handicapped young woman hovers between life and death. An ex-con finds it impossible to go straight . . .
'The Pure In Heart' is neither a thriller nor a whodunnit, but a crime novel arising out of character and circumstances. 'Its the psychology of crime that absorbs me' says Susan Hill. At the centre of 'The Pure In Heart' is horror. Will the police ever solve this dark mystery? Here is a magnificent novel which grips, convinces and entertains.