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Bramfield, near Leeds, a sleepy little market town nestled on the border of West and North Yorkshire: a place where people tend to keep to themselves. A death they can understand. A murder they can tolerate. But a crucifixion, well that's something else.

Monday morning, as the clock strikes 9:00, Detectives Stewart Gardener and Sean Reilly come to the end of the line, a series of puzzles they have been trying to solve for six hours, which has led them to the naked corpse of Alex Wilson, nailed to the wall of a cellar in his uncle's hardware store. His lips are sewn together and his body bears only one mark, a fresh scar near his abdomen. Above his head are two plain white envelopes.

They do not contain any answers, only further problems.

The scar however, hides a very sinister secret, and Gardener and Reilly think the death may have something to do with organ trafficking.

But they are wrong!

Alex Wilson is a well-known drug dealer, and they begin their investigation by arresting Jackie Pollard – another drug dealer known to the local police – found outside the shop.

Within twenty-four hours, their efforts culminate in one body, one suspect – with a motive but no evidence – and a number of other possible suspects, all of which, are missing.

With all the information they have, the detectives consider the murder to be drug related: a deal that has probably gone to the wall, with someone seeking revenge.

But they are wrong!

When one of their missing suspects finally turns up in a much worse predicament than Alex Wilson, the clock is ticking.

By the time they are forty-eight hours in, their investigation results in dead ends, more victims: no suspects and very little in the way of solid evidence.

Gardener and Reilly now realize that it's time to answer one very important question. Considering everything that has happened, are the residents of Bramfield – who can understand a death and tolerate a murder – actually prepared for one of history's most sadistic serial killer's, The Tooth Fairy?

The Tooth Fairy: a children's fable – or an adult nightmare?



Ray Clark (2017)