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Author: Patricia Hall
Genre: Crime, Mystery & Thriller
Rights: UK & Comm & UK dist
Pub. Date: 25th June 2012
Karen Bastable is a woman longing for more excitement in her life, and illicit group meetings in a local forest have added plenty of spark and pleasure recently. That is until one night she meets a man in search of a more sinister kind of gratification. When her abandoned car is discovered days later, the case becomes a race against time and it is up to DCI Michael Thackeray to find her alive, that is, if he isn’t too late.
Meanwhile, Thackeray’s girlfriend, Laura Ackroyd is struggling with the burden of keeping her unexpected pregnancy a secret from him. As she barely copes with her demanding workload as a journalist, Laura is then dealt the troublesome task of profiling Sir David Murgatroyd, a wealthy venture capitalist with plans to take over a local school. Yet while his tragic family history is widely acknowledged, he alternatively remains a mystery. So what has he to hide?
As contemporary as tonight’s evening paper, and much more exciting’Robert Barnard
‘Hall’s style is refreshingly clean and uncluttered, and her narrative achieves a powerful momentum’Times Literary Supplement
‘Hall’s characters have the smack-in-the-face quality of real life, are well developed and, most importantly, co-exist with some very fine plotting indeed’Crime Time