On the day Karen Sharpe is promoted to Detective Sergeant she loses control and attacks a prisoner she is interrogating. Duly suspended, Karen is investigated and seemingly cleared, but more than a year later the incident still casts a long shadow. When the battered body of a young girl is discovered, it kicks off an inquiry which pushes Karen and a trainee DC, Marcus Roth, too close for comfort, both on and off-duty. The investigation leads to Mary Bradley, currently the carer for a helpless six-year-old boy, Andrew Farrar. As the truth of Mary Bradley's violent past emerges, the inquiry becomes a race against time before Andrew becomes just another one of her child victims. Meanwhile, with the case holding more and more personal resonance for Karen, Marcus discovers that when threatened she has a tendency to ignore the rule book and act on instinct. Before the scores are finally settled Marcus will be wondering whether Karen's legitimate world and Mary Bradley's illegitimate one are really any different.
- Paperback | 368 pages
- 149.86 x 226.06 x 27.94mm | 476.27g
- 01 Nov 2009
- Orion Publishing Co
- Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
'Expect Connor to become an "overnight" British crime writing sensation soon. Meanwhile to the delight of those already in the know, here's another excellent thriller' PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH 'There is much to admire in Connor's book... an adult story of sordid crime, a story of horror behind closed curtains of the type that is all too common in our tabloids as a vulnerable woman is destroyed by those who should protect her.' SHOTS "Feisty detective at the heart of this page-turner" NEWS LETTER
About John Connor
John Connor recently left his job as a barrister to write full time. During the fifteen years of his legal career he prosecuted numerous homicide cases in West Yorkshire and London. He advised the police in numerous proactive drugs and organised crime operations, many involving covert activity. He now lives in Brussels with his wife and two young children.