Tim Weaver is a former journalist and magazine editor. He lives near Bath with his wife and daughter. Weaver has become one of this country’s most respected, best-selling crime writers. His books are written with elegance, care and craft and they get better each time – tense, complex, sometimes horrific, but written with flair as well as care.
Weaver knows how to construct a complex plot and you will be kept guessing until the last few pages. David Raker has joined a select band of fictional characters whose return in a new book excites existing fans and collects new ones with every publication. He dominates the stage and is one of the more vibrant and unusual protagonists in modern crime fiction.
Weaver has been nominated for a National Book Award, selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club and shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger in the Library Award, which considers an author’s entire body of work. He is also the host and producer of the chart-topping Missing podcast, which features experts in the field discussing missing persons’ investigations from every angle.
Vanished – July 2012
No life is perfect. Everyone has secrets. For millions of Londoners, the morning of 17th December is just like any other, but not for Sam Wren. An hour after leaving home, he gets onto a tube train and never gets off again; no eyewitnesses and no trace of him on security cameras. Six months later, he’s still missing.
Out of options and desperate for answers, Sam’s wife Julia hires David Raker to track him down. Raker has made a career out of finding the lost. He knows how they think. In missing person cases, the only certainty is that everyone has something to hide, but in this case the secrets go deeper than anyone imagined. As Raker starts to suspect that even the police are lying to him, someone is watching; someone who knows what happened on the tube that day.
Never Coming Back – Aug 2013
It was supposed to be the start of a big night out, but when Emily Kane arrives at her sister Carrie’s house, she finds the front door unlocked and no-one inside. Dinner’s cooking, the TV’s on, but Carrie, her husband and their two daughters are gone. When the police draw a blank, Emily asks missing persons’ investigator David Raker to find them. It’s clear someone doesn’t want the family found, but as he gets closer to the truth, Raker begins to uncover evidence of a sinister cover-up, spanning decades and costing countless lives. In trying to find Emily’s missing family, Raker might just have made himself the next target.
Broken Heart – July 2016
A woman drives to a secluded beauty spot on the Somerset coast.
CCTV watches her enter, but doesn’t see her leaving – Lynda Korin is never seen again. How can someone just disappear? Her sister calls David Raker; for him, the mystery of where she went is only the start. The real question is why a woman with no reason to run would choose to leave her entire life behind? Was it her decision, or did someone make it for her? Raker is an expert at following the echoes of decades-old lies, but only Lynda Korin knows the most shocking secret of all – and she’s missing, presumed dead.