Risingshadow has the honour of publishing a guest post by Conrad Williams. This blog post is part of the Hell is Empty Blog Tour.
Conrad Williams has written seven novels, four novellas and a short story collection. One won the August Derleth award for Best Novel in 2010, while The Unblemished won the International Horror Guild Award for Best Novel in 2007 (he beat the shortlisted Stephen King on both occasions). He won the British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer in 1993, and another British Fantasy Award for Best Novella (The Scalding Rooms) in 2008.
Joel Sorrell is recovering from the attempt on his life, but he is exhausted, drinking hard, and his personal life is collapsing. A hope-filled yet distant note from his daughter convinces him to stick around for the present. To distract him, an old colleague offers him unsolved case files, and Joel becomes dangerously obsessed by a string of murders from the 1980s – a killer nicknamed The Skylark who pushed construction workers from the top of the new Thatcherite skyscrapers. A surprise call from a childhood sweetheart he hasn’t heard from for years with a kidnapped child springs Joel into action, but as he looks deeper, nothing about the case seems to make sense. Everything is leading back to an old enemy of Joel’s, who has risen to prominence while incarcerated and the previous night, razed his prison to the ground. On the run and in fear for his life, Joel finds himself tangled in a web affecting both the present and the past, and most certainly the people closest to him.