What Falls Between the Cracks
|20th September 2018
Did she slip through the cracks, or was she pushed?
When a severed hand is found in an abandoned flat, Detective Jake Porter and his partner Nick Styles are able to DNA match the limb to the owner, Natasha Barclay, who has not been seen in decades. But why has no one been looking for her? It seems that Natasha’s family are the people who can least be trusted.
Delving into the details behind her disappearance and discovering links to another investigation, a tragic family history begins to take on a darker twist. Hampered by a widespread fear of a local heavy, as well as internal politics and possible corruption within the force, Porter and Styles are digging for answers, but will what they find ever see the light of day?
What The Critics Said
"This debut crime thriller is a cracker."
"The mystery at the heart of the novel is well done and the complex chains which bind the whole thing together succeed with a clever edginess which kept my attention throughout the story. The twists and turns kept me guessing and I enjoyed trying to work out just where the complicated plot was heading ... What Falls Between The Cracks is a very good debut novel, and gets the series off to a really promising start. I'm already looking forward to reading book two in the series by this talented new crime author."
“I, for one, can’t wait for book 2.”
“A book full of twists, turns and a very clever story.”
“A strong contender for crime fiction debut of the year, ‘What Falls Between The Cracks’ is an intriguing mystery, with heart stopping moments, compelling characters and some brilliant dialogue. Robert Scragg is a sparkling new talent and I can’t wait to see what he bring us next.”
Howard Linskey, author of Hunting the Hangman
"I raced through this – Robert Scragg’s storytelling is first rate. We’ll be seeing a lot more of Porter and Styles..."
William Ryan, author of The Constant Soldier
"Like a real, classic whodunnit… The intricate plot was executed skillfully, characters were multi-faceted and full of depth."
Niki Mackay, author
“[A] satisfying debut… Scragg’s detectives have the right combination of passion and savvy, and his plot is easy to follow while still saving some surprises for the end. Fans of British police procedurals will eagerly await the sequel.”
"This a classic police procedural, with a host of engaging characters. Porter is a daring and determined investigator, sensitized and left somewhat damaged by his own wife’s unsolved murder. Recommend this fine mystery to all procedural fans, especially followers of Peter James’ Roy Grace and Alison Bruce’s Gary Goodhew."