Mid-July. London. A heatwave. It’s too hot to sleep. Somewhere in a field in England, a wealthy man buries a sword he believes to be Excalibur. He challenges the public to find it. He wants you to play his game, and he promises it will be different, exciting, strange. It is. Over the course of a week, a series of bizarre stunts capture the nation’s imagination. The treasure hunt for Excalibur is front-page news.
But as the game gathers pace a series of extraordinary murders takes place. To Detective Frank Moke, they bear all the hallmarks of a famous unsolved case almost twenty years before. It has haunted him ever since. Could there be any connection between these new crimes and the treasure hunt? With his rookie assistant, Morgan Luttrell, Moke descends into a world of coincidence and manipulation where the killer is always a step ahead.
And the truth is closer than anyone knows…
Scissorman is one of those books that has had a very long gestation period — see other posts about it on this site. The very first draft was written in 2013, which seems amazing now. Anyway, here it is in all its glory, and I’m very pleased with it. Below are two different versions of the cover; blue and gold, before we finally decided on the red (click on the images to see each full, unwrapped, design). I like them all, but red stands out more in thumbnail form.
Inside the cover are some of Frank Moke’s drawings, reproduced in stages.
To see them, click here.