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by Simon & Schuster, 5 November 2016. ISBN: 978-1-4711-3363-3
The story begins with the suicide of a prominent MP
in a London Hotel.His funeral is
quickly followed by the kidnapping of histwo year old grandson, Samuel, (whom the MP had never met) from a London
street.The case is assigned to
Detective Inspector Dan Carter and Detective Constable Ebony Willis, both
detectives have private lives that do not impinge on the investigation (which
is refreshing) and a camaraderie that transcends their different life styles
and backgrounds.They home in on a
Cornish connection speedily and drive to Penhaligon.The dead man, Jeremy Forbes-Wright, had owned
a house in Penhaligon.They found that a
number of Cornish people from the village had gone to the funeral 'to pay their
respects'despite preferring a Cornwall
not tainted by outsiders.Pressure was
being put on Toby, the estranged son of Jeremy, to sell the house to a local
focus of events is always on the hope that Samuel is still alive and can be
rescued despite the avalanche of other suspected illegal activities that falls
on the investigation.The pressure of
past traumas lies heavily across thelandscape.There is a story about
the young woman who was raped in 2000 and still lives in the village.A nucleus of others have remained in the
local area and the detectives strive to find out exactly what rotten secrets
from their childhoods contaminate these people.AsDI Carter puts it - the past
has caused aboil which is rising to a
head and to an explosion of pus.He
hopes that this will loosen tongues and help him to find Samuel alive.The story gradually rises to the sort of
explosive climax for which Carter hoped!
is certainly a page turner!
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
was born in Devon.After leaving school
she spent seven years working her way around Europe and South East Asia. She
has worked as an English tearcher and personal fitness trainer. She is the
author of the Willis/Carter series which is based on a London Murder
Squad. MIT17. Lee now lives back in Devon.
Jennifer Palmer Throughout my reading life crime
fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my 15 years as an
expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands
& the USA
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.