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Welcome to Dave Sivers' website. Dave is a British crime writer and the creator of the popular Archer and Baines series set in Buckinghamshire's Aylesbury Vale and the gripping new series featuring West Hertfordshire's DI Nathan Quarrel.

Dave grew up in West London. In the course of his erstwhile day job he moonlighted as a nightclub bouncer, a bookmaker's clerk, and as a freelance writer for newspapers and magazines. He also gained prizes and publication with his short fiction and, along the way, picked up a First Class Honours Degree from the Open University.

His first published novels were two 'crime fantasies' featuring the personal inquisitor Lowmar Dashiel, and his first contemporary crime novel was Book One in the Archer and Baines series, The Scars Beneath the Soul.

To date, he has published nine novels and a small collection of short stories. He has also contributed to anthologies and is especially proud to be among the 30 authors featured in Noir From the Bar, profits from which go to NHS charities. He is a co-founder of the BeaconLit book festival which takes place annually in Buckinghamshire, where he now lives.

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A horrific homophobic attack.
A missing woman.
Ghosts from the past.
The nightmare is just beginning...

A rainy night in Buckinghamshire. A vicious homophobic attack in the centre of Aylesbury sees the start of a new investigation for detectives Lizzie Archer and Dan Baines. As they search for answers, another woman is found left for dead, her partner missing – and this time the victims are closer to home for the team.

Amid a desperate race to find the missing woman, Baines finds himself once again confronted by the demons he hoped he was finally putting behind him. It’s a distraction that could cost him his sanity – and a friend her life.

The latest in the popular Archer and Baines series, perfect for fans of Val McDermid and Peter Robinson.

"The pace never lets up!"  "A cracking read... unputdownable."  "Riveting... couldn't stop reading once I had started."

"The pace of the story is breathtaking - edge of the seat reading!"  
"Absolutely brilliant... and the ending... wow." 

"You keep reading 'just one more chapter'"

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