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Published by Thomas & Mercer, 27
September 2016. ISBN: 978-1-5039-3825-0
The second book in the series featuring Lucy Hall finds
her in a new job in Paris as an investigative reporter.Keen and eager for her first ‘big’ story,
twenty-four year old Lucy is hungrily putting out feelers, or as her boss puts
it more succinctly, ‘pestering people for stories.’ ‘It’s got to stop’ he says,
‘It’s not professional.So when Lucy
gets an anonymous call from a possible source who suggests a questionable
meeting place, she decides to ‘go it alone.’
Her anonymous contact tells her that he is giving her the story of her
life, and Lucy is buzzing with excitement. Although his words that, ‘if those
watching him see him talking to her they could both be dead by nightfall’ would
have had me shivering in terror, they don’t have that effect on Lucy.
But when she returns to her apartment she finds it trashed and her
friend Nina, who was staying with her for the summer, is missing.As expected, the police are not prepared to
class Nina as a missing person until 48 hours have passed, so Lucy is on her
From the state of her apartment it is clear that it was a thorough
search but for what?And where is Nina
who knows no one in Paris?With scant to
go on. Lucy determines to find her friend, but things look black when she
discovers that her informant is dead. Despite the fact that Lucy now realises
that she has become involved with some seriously bad people, and just how bad
she learns when she meets up with a private investigator, she
continues to rush headlong into trouble.
There are some harrowing and brutal scenes and the story moves along at
a cracking pace, brilliantly plotted with many twists and turns.Lucy knowingly puts herself in danger several
times and when you are holding your breath knowing that she cannot get out of
this one, she somehow manages to always emerge relatively unscathed. But
eventually you know her luck will run out.
A roller-coaster of a ride
which will keep you on the edge of your seat right to the dramatic ending.
Leigh Russellstudied at the University of Kent gaining a Masters
degree in English and American literature. Formerly a secondary school English teacher, with the
success of her Geraldine Steel series, Leigh now writes full-time. Her debut novel, Cut Short, was published in 2009 by No
Exit Press in the UK,
followed by Road Closed, Dead End, Death
Bed, Stop Dead, Fatal
Act and Killer Plan, all
featuring detective Geraldine Steel, and Murder
Ring will be published in 2016. Leigh also writes a spinoff series for Geraldine's
sergeant, Ian Peterson. Cold Sacrificeand Race to Death are already published, to
be followed by Blood Axe in late
2015. Leigh recently signed a three book deal with Thomas and Mercer for a new
series featuring Lucy Hall. The first two titles in this series will be
published in 2016. Leigh
Russell is married with two daughters and lives in Middlesex.