The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill
Author Reginald Hill died January 12th, 2012, at the age of 75. Best known for his "Dalziel & Pascoe" series, he also wrote a number of stand alone novels. The Woodcutter is a fairy tale of a thriller set in the almost mythic Cumbrian countryside.
Hadda Wolf has been living Happily Ever After. The son of a Cumbrian woodcutter, he fulfills three tasks--getting an education, some social polish and amassing great fortune--to win the hand of an almost-princess, the daughter of the lord of the castle. Hadda and Imogen marry, have a daughter, and he truly feels he is living beyond his wildest dreams.
Ten years later, a knock on the door is the start of a nightmare that brings the dream to an end. A horrific accusation begins a descent that will take away his wife, his fortune and almost his life.
After a long prison stint, the crippled, one-eyed Hadda returns to the only thing he has left: his father's woodcutter's cottage in Cumbria. There, he lives a quiet, hermitic existence. But soon, those involved in his epic downfall begin to have...accidents. Hadda couldn't be the cause of these...accidents, could he?