Robert lives in a small, prosperous rural town where his father is a respected and trusted pillar of the local community and financial advisor to the eccentric but essentially harmless community of Atenists who live nearby. When his father and uncle are killed in a road accident Robert's comfortable world rapidly begins to unravel. At the site of the accident Robert found a Jack of Hearts playing card with a manic smile drawn on it. With so much to deal with, he forgets about the card until the second death, and the third, when each time a Jack card with it's leering malicious grin is found nearby. Robert realises he never knew his father, and, as friends and neighbours turn against him, he is forced to look deep into the shadows that are closing in if he is to get out alive. A classic whodunnit with a startling and unexpected twist, Ken Catran's dark and brooding murder mystery is a real page-turner that you can't put down.
Children's Choice Award Young Adult Category winner, 2011 New Zealand Post Children's Book awards.
Finalist for the LIANZA Children's Book Awards 2011