Andrew Taylor

Crime and Historical Novelist

Hairline Cracks



Unwashed plates and a coffee cup on the floor: that's how it all began. I knew something was wrong as soon as I opened the door. Dad arriving to take me with him convinced me. I couldn't understand how Mum could go off without a word. Besides, why cook a meal when you know no one's going to eat it?

Sam Lydney's mother has disappeared. And he's willing to bet it has something to do with the local nuclear power station. Despite his father's assurances, Sam is certain that she's been kidnapped. And the only person he can trust is his resourceful friend Mo. If they're to find Sam's mother, they'll have to work alone...

"Taylor's book delivers all you could ask from a fast-paced, action-packed thriller." Times Educational Supplement

"An enjoyable thriller in the tempo of Buchan and Household." Observer

"This very fast-paced thriller ought to provide a welcome addition to the armoury...a good yarn worth recommending." Books for Keeps

"A handy pick for fans of mystery and suspense." Booklist