Ritual by Mo Hayder
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Mo Hayder's previous novels The Devil of Nanking and The Treatment have ranked her among the most exciting and provocative thriller writers now working. In her latest, Ritual, Hayder gives us a taut, chilling tale of clandestine occult practices, New Age medicine, and the drug underground, set in a hypermodern urban landscape challenged by colliding immigrant cultures.
Just after lunch on a Tuesday in April, nine feet under water, police diver Flea Marley closes her gloved fingers around a human hand. The fact that there's no body attached is disturbing enough. Even more disturbing is the discovery, a day later, of the matching hand. Both have been recently amputated, and the indications are that the victim was still alive when they were removed. DI Jack Caffery has been newly seconded to the Major Crime Investigation Unit in Bristol. He and Flea soon establish that the hand belong to a young man who has recently disappeared. Their search for him—and for his abductor—lead them into the darkest recesses of Bristol's underworld, where drug addiction is rife, where street-kids sell themselves for a hit, and where one of Africa's most disturbing rituals may be making an unexpected appearance.
 

About Mo Hayder

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Mo Hayder has worked as a barmaid, security guard, filmmaker, hostess in a Tokyo nightclub, and teacher of English as a foreign language in Asia. She has MAas in filmmaking and creative writing.
 
Published September 15, 2008 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 428 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Horror. Fiction

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A gruesome discovery made in the waters surrounding the drug-riddled seaside town of Bristol is the jumping-off point for the popular British author's grisly thriller.

Jun 24 2010 | Read Full Review of Ritual: A Novel

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But she always reassures her audience with her courage to face the ugly and “work it out.” Those who are familiar with Hayder’s work will be pleased to learn that RITUAL is the first in a series that will be comprised of five books featuring The Walking Man.

Jan 23 2011 | Read Full Review of Ritual: A Novel

Reviewing the Evidence

Mo Hayder's novel is the tortured story of several characters who are trying to carry on after a severe loss;

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Caffrey, introduced in Hayder?s early novel Birdman, here works alongside Flea Marley on killings that are connected to drugs but that also expose a black market for body parts, right there in quaint old Bristol.

Sep 15 2008 | Read Full Review of Ritual: A Novel

Bookmarks Magazine

In her latest, Ritual, Hayder gives us a taut, chilling tale of clandestine occult practices, New Age medicine, and the drug underground, set in a hypermodern urban landscape challenged by colliding immigrant cultures.
Just after lunch on a Tuesday in April, nine feet under water, polic...

Nov 16 2008 | Read Full Review of Ritual: A Novel

Disturbing and bloody African rituals seem to be increasingly part of Bristol's modern criminal landscape in Hayder's series third book (after Birdman and The Treatment). Maverick DI Jack Caffery and police diver Flea Marley discover a pair of recently amp

Feb 28 2014 | Read Full Review of Ritual: A Novel

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