By RJ Ellory
Published Jan 2010
Two men face one another in a darkened room, the culmination of a journey that has encompassed not only their own lives, but the lives of countless innocent victims.
Back in Georgia in 1939, twelve year old Joseph Vaughan hears of the brutal assault and murder of a young girl, the first in a series of killings that will claim ten souls in the subsequent decade. Compelled by fear and duty, Joseph and his friends establish The Guardians, a group of children determined to protect the people of Augusta Falls against the evil in their midst. But the murderer evades them, and they watch helplessly as one child after another is taken from their ranks.
It will be another fifty years before the final chapter unfolds, and Joseph confronts the nightmare that has overshadowed his life.