'A great book. A wonderfully entertaining read' A Little Laughter. A Little Mayhem. A Little MURDER... 'The old crossroads used to run by here,' Sam told Rafferty. 'Legend has it that this was the original Hanging Tree.' The murder mystery of 'The Hanging Man', whose body disappears just before Christmas, and then turns up again, suspended from the ancient 'Hanging Tree', has Essex Detective Joe Rafferty questioning his belief in justice and his own role in its pursuit.