The First Cut (Paperback)
Published in the UK as Caedmon's Song, this is a gripping standalone thriller from New York Times bestselling author Peter Robinson.
On a balmy June night, Kirsten, a young university student, is strolling home through a silent moonlit park when she is viciously attacked.
When she awakens in the hospital, she has no recollection of that brutal night. But then slowly, painfully, details reveal themselves dreams of two figures, one white and one black, hovering over her; snatches of a strange and haunting song; the unfamiliar texture of a rough and deadly hand . . .
In another part of the country, Martha Browne arrives in a Yorkshire seaside town, posing as an author doing research for a book. But her research is of a particularly macabre variety. Who is she hunting with such deadly determination? And why?
The First Cut is a vivid and compelling psychological thriller, from the author of the critically acclaimed Inspector Banks series.
About the Author
Peter Robinson is the author of the Inspector Banks novels, including "Strange Affair," which was chosen as one the best books of 2005 by the "Globe and Mail," the "South Florida Sun-Sentinel" and "January Magazine," and of two non-series suspense novels, "Caedmon's Song" and "No Cure for Love," "Strange Affair" has also been shortlisted for the "LA Times" Book Award for best crime fiction novel. He has also published a collection of short stories called "Not Safe After Dark," His novels have been translated into over sixteen languages, and he has won a number of international awards, including the MWA Edgar, the CWA Dagger in the Library, the Martin Beck Award, from Sweden, the Danish Palle Rosenkrantz Award, and the French Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere. He has also won five Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Awards.
"From the Hardcover edition."
“Brilliant….dark, frightening [and] satisfying.”
“This atmospheric tale of suspense will keep readers wondering what’s really going on.…Highly recommended.”
-Library Journal (Starred)
“Taut … Robinson keeps up the suspense … Shows a welcome new side to [Inspector] Banks’ accomplished career.”
Praise for The First Cut:“An exceptionally well-crafted psychological thriller.”
-Toronto Globe and Mail
“Harrowing. . . . the suspense builds mercilessly to a high pitch . . . it’s spellbinding.”
“A powerful and haunting novel, ingenious in construction and both intelligent and compassionate.”