Anneliese Vos, sixteen-year-old daughter of Amsterdam detective, Pieter Vos, disappeared three years ago in mysterious circumstances. Her distraught father's desperate search reveals nothing and results in his departure from the police force. Pieter now lives in a broken down houseboat in the colourful Amsterdam neighbourhood of the Jordaan. One day, while Vos is wasting time at the Rijksmuseum staring at a doll's house that seems to be connected in some way to the case, Laura Bakker, a misfit trainee detective from the provinces, visits him. She's come to tell him that Katja Prins, daughter of an important local politician, has gone missing in circumstances similar to Anneliese. In the company of the intriguing and awkward Bakker Vos finds himself drawn back into the life of a detective. A life which he thought he had left behind. Hoping against hope that somewhere will lay a clue to the fate of Anneliese, the daughter he blames himself for losing . . .
David Hewson was born in Yorkshire in 1953. He was a journalist from the age of seventeen, working most recently for The Sunday Times. He has also written several novels, as well as a number of travel books. Following A Season for the Dead, The Villa of Mysteries, The Sacred Cut and The Lizard's Bite, The Seventh Sacrament is the fifth in his Italian crime series featuring Detective Nic Costa. The author lives in Kent.
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