Smiler is Count Ugo’s chief henchman and executioner. A murderous former criminal from the streets of Glasgow he was mutilated by his old gang for selling them out to the police. He now bears the scars of this attack on his cheeks, which have earned him his nickname. A red letter M is tattooed on the back of each of his hands. The symbol of the Millenaria society.

‘Zoltan was never sure whether the man was really smiling or not. But he had known him long enough to realize that he probably wasn’t.’