DCI Charlie Priest and his crew at Heckley Police Headquarters are presented with a bizarre murder that leads to the discovery of low-tech industrial espionage. But is selling your employer’s confidential records enough to warrant this particularly sadistic murder? Appearances deceive, and it transpires that the victim may have been chosen because of his facial resemblance to a convicted serial killer called the Midnight Strangler.
Priest is content in his work, and his home life shows signs of improving. When his new girlfriend, a former world-class athlete known as La Gazelle, wins her comeback race his happiness overflows. But all is not well in his team as old enmities begin to surface. The next victim is murdered in even more bizarre circumstances, and Charlie begins to wonder if he himself is a catalyst that motivates the killer.
And the case has now become personal?
What The Critics Said
‘Yorkshire’s answer to Inspector Morse’
‘The drama of the climactic scene…ranks as possibly the most exciting section in any of the Priest chronicles’
‘Distinctive and richly appealing’
‘Pawson has struck gold with his crime collection featuring the affable detective Charlie Priest…if you’ve not read Pawson before, shame on you…brilliant stuff’
York Evening Press
‘Increasing popular Yorkshire-set series…a mixture of wit and twists which will appeal to admirers of early Reginald Hill or the Inspector Frost books'.
‘Pawson’s knowledge of police procedure and forensics is unrivalled… This novel goes down like a good malt’