In an explosive crime debut featuring Detective Veronica "Von" Valenti, members of a hit show in London's West End start dying under mysterious circumstances - much like an unsolved case from 30 years before Who killed director Max Quincey during a run of the play Jack-in-the-Box in London's West End? Who killed the male prostitutes back in 1985, when the show was last performed and when Max was the star? What is the significance of the Jack-in-the-Box doll found with the body, the markings on its eyes matching mutilations to Max's face, and identical to the toys found with each of the original victims? Has the killer returned? Is it a copycat? Or a revenge slaying for the rent boy murders when Max was prime suspect? The questions are stacking up for DCI Veronica "Von" Valenti, and her partner, DI Steve English, as she races against the clock to unravel a tangled web of clues, lies and halftruths, to catch a deranged killer before they strike again. Von investigates both cases simultaneously as she battles with a wall of silence and increasingly fractured relationships with the Chief Super, her journalist boyfriend, and her errant teenage daughter.
Praise for this book
"Nicely nasty in all the right places, this is an assured debut." - Craig Robertson
Used availability for Hania Allen's Jack in the Box
May 2014 : UK Paperback
September 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition