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“He’s back, Carrie. The Scribbler is back.” DI Gayther and his rookie colleague DC Carrie have been assigned a new caseload. Or rather, an old one… cold murder cases of LGBTQ+ victims. Georgia Carrie wasn’t even born when the notorious serial killer began his reign of terror across the East of England, but Roger Gayther was on the force that failed to catch him and remembers every chilling detail. Back in the Eighties, Gayther’s team hadn’t been assigned sufficient resources. But now, after all these years, there’s a sudden death featuring The Scribbler’s tell-tale modus operandi. Gayther and Carrie have to find and bring him to justice to stop the killing once and for all.
REVIEWS OF The Scribbler
"Very few authors could sustain the tension of a final scene over one hundred and eighteen pages. Maitland, however, has the reader bound up as tightly as a hostage, and he never loses that grip … this is an outstandingly good book." Rosemary Kaye, Scones and Chaise Longues Blog
"Brilliantly creepy" Scots Magazine
"One seriously weird killer and an engaging cop-partnership dynamic. Exciting." Sunday Times
"A brilliant read [… on] LGBTQ+ crimes that traditionally were underreported … Thankfully, times have changed.” Neil Boast MBE, former LGBT Liaison Officer, Suffolk Constabulary, and former head of task force on sexual exploitation and trafficking