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BirdmanJack Caffery #1


Greenwich, south-east London

Detective Inspector Jack Caffery – young, driven, unshockable – is called to one of the most gruesome crime scenes he has ever seen. Five young women have been ritualistically murdered and dumped on wasteland near the Dome. Subsequent post-mortems reveal a singular, horrific signature linking the victims.

Soon Caffery realises that he is on the trail of that most dangerous offender: a serial killer. Beset by animosity within the police force, haunted by the memory of a very personal death long ago, Caffery employs every weapon forensic science can offer to hunt him down.

Because he knows that it is only a matter of time before this sadistic killer strikes again …

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Press reviews

“Hayder’s vibrant narrative and crunchy characterisation propel the book along to its denouement with fearsome velocity”

The Times

“Wickedly constructed… Her cast of suspects is the most spooky since Dickens… The detail, if you can stomach it, is fascinating”

Daily Telegraph

“A first-class shocker… a frightening mix of forensics, thrills, analytical police work and poetic images… a young writer in touch with her dark side and a major new talent”


“Not for the faint-hearted… what sets Birdman apart is Hayder’s talent”

Sunday Express