And in the background, as ever, are the shadowy Straw Men, exerting a mysterious and sinister influence on both individuals and historic events.Publisher's synopsis: A guilty man walks alone into the cold mountain forests of Washington State, aiming never to return.
A small cross had been marked in the centre of a big empty patch, near a wandering blue line called Dry Creek. ' 'A call logged on one of the Rat-On-A-Friend lines. Joseph was visiting family and took a walk in the wilds here a week ago. ' 'I don't think he's had a good time with the local police. And I haven't even ripping the piss out of it.' 'Nina likes it.' 'Probably likes leather purses, too. —«»—«»—«»— Half an hour out of Toppenish we could indeed have been on another planet. The rocks were grey and flat brown and looked like an icy watercolour hung in someone else's hallway. After another ten miles he started driving more slowly and watching along the side.
What he finds there starts a chain of events that will quickly spiral out of control.
Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, a woman's body is discovered, sitting bolt upright in a motel bedroom. It soon becomes clear he has something to say, and a lot more work to do.
Synopsis: The electrifying sequel to the bestselling THE STRAW MEN A guilty man on the verge of suicide makes a bizarre discovery in the deepest corner of the dark forests of Washington State — a discovery that threatens to overturn the whole of American history.
Ward Hopkins and John Zandt, now full-time on the trail of the world's hidden murderers, become involved in a battle not just to save the lives of two individuals, but to protect something of far greater consequence — from those dedicated to destroying it.