The Painted Bride by Stephen Gallagher

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"I know who you are," Louise said. "No way did my dad send you to get us."
"You're right, it was my own idea. So why come with me?"
"If we hadn't, I'd have got beaten up and the doctors would have kept on messing with Jack."
"Messing with him how?"
"Asking him questions. Trying to get him to talk about things he could never have seen. All because of that picture."
This was new. "What picture?"
"The one Jack painted that caused all this fuss."
"I don't know what you're talking about."
"The woman in the red dress. He called it the painted bride. Pippa showed it to her father and her father called the police. They had Jack in a room all yesterday and kept asking him about it. Now they're all trying to twist it by saying it means something."
"What are they trying to say?"
"That he must have seen her lying on the kitchen floor. That the rainbow means he saw her blood coming out."

"Stephen Gallagher's tense melodrama (is) spun from the mysterious disappearance of auto dealer Frank Tanner's wife Carol, the stalled police investigation into Frank's possible guilt - and the complications ensuing from the obsessive actions of Carol's burnt-out, former drug-taking younger sister Molly, who knows Frank did away with his wife, and devotes her dwindling energies to protecting the children now in his care and bringing him to justice." (The Washington Post)

"Cold-blooded murders follow in the race to the climax. Chalk up another winner - brief, merciless and punchy - for Gallagher." (Publishers' Weekly)

Stephen Gallagher is a novelist and screenwriter, and creator of TV's Eleventh Hour. Television adaptations of his novels Chimera and Oktober starred John Lynch and Stephen Tompkinson. His latest novel is The Kingdom of Bones.

"If thriller reading were a sin, Stephen Gallagher would be responsible for my ultimate damnation. His work is fast-paced, well-written, infused with a sense of dark wonder, and altogether fresh." (Dean R Koontz)

"The finest British writer of bestselling popular fiction since le Carre." (The Independent)

"Since Valley of Lights he has been refining his own brand of psycho-thriller, tapping into the heart of British lowlife with a discomforting knack for charting mental disintegration and a razor-sharp sense of place." (The Times)

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STEPHEN GALLAGHER is a novelist, screenwriter, and director. He is the author of fourteen novels, including Nightmare, with Angel; Red, Red Robin; and The Spirit Box. He lives in England. "From the Hardcover edition.
Published October 3, 2010 by Brooligan Press. 177 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction

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