On Dangerous Ground
There's no child prostitution crisis in Bradford - that's the official line. The truth, as Detective Inspector Handford and Sergeant Khalid Ali find, is very different. When a young boy and then a girl are cruelly murdered within a few days of each other, Handford and Ali are plunged into their most shocking investigation so far, uncovering not only the desperate plight of children trapped in Bradford's harsh criminal underworld, but murderous corruption and twisted minds in the most respected sections of the community. Handford and Ali form a distinctly uneasy partnership against a background of urban and racial tensions, and struggle daily to repress their mutual suspicion. But they must put aside their differences and, with the rest of their team, probe into the dark and seedy lives of those who hold positions of trust, and stop a cold-blooded serial killer from fulfilling his dreadful mission. But the culprit may be closer than they think...
- Paperback | 336 pages
- 154 x 230 x 32mm | 498.95g
- 01 Oct 2003
- Orion Publishing Co
- Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
About Lesley Horton
Lesley Horton took early retirement from teaching in an inner-city Bradford school to write her first novel, SNARES OF GUILT. She has run an educational unit for pregnant schoolgirls, and is a volunteer for Victim Support.
For a town with no underage prostitution, Bradford is doing well in the crime stakes with 4 young prostitutes killed within the last six months. Nicknamed the "Trash Bag Killer", the murderer leaves characteristic clues but so far the police have drawn a blank. Detective Inspector Handford finds himself at the scene of the fourth crime unwillingly and is drawn into the investigation against his will. Paired with the anachronistic Sergeant Khalid Ali, he plays a major role in the hunt for a killer which casts his fellow officers into the net of investigation and unwittingly draws Ali into a world he would rather not inhabit, causing him to question his life and career. Lesley Horton paints a vivid picture of child prostitutes and their naivety preyed on by their pimps, casting an underlying social agenda to the book. However, the plot is fast-paced, full of red herrings and a page-turner to the end. An exciting find. - Lucy Watson