Published by Severn House,
1st January 2010.
ISBN: 978-0-7278-6842-8 (HB)
Inspector Bill Slider is now a father, and the elegant Sergeant Atherton now has a steady girlfriend. It’s a Bank Holiday and Bill has arranged to take Katie and Matthew, the children of his first marriage, and Joanna and the new baby, to visit his elderly father in Essex, whilst Atherton has arranged a day out with Emily. But both outings are off when the body of a young girl is found in the Wormwood Scrubs area.
The girl is identified as Zellah Wilding, a straight A student from a good family. But there are anomalies – why would she be seeing Ronnie Oates, a boy from the wrong side of the tracks, and where is her mobile? When they get a confession, Superintendent Porson looks as if he’s been thrown a lifeline, but Slider isn’t sure. But as Porson says, ‘Rhodes wasn’t built in a day’
Whilst the main protagonist is Bill Slider, who I like
enormously, as I do Atherton, any devotee of this series like me must love the
Porsonisms which abound in this book. Not sure if it’s a good or bad thing that
I love it when Superintendent Porson is supplying his own band of proverbial
expertise – just throw some words out, some will make it through! Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes
Earlier books in the series are, Orchestrated Death, Death Watch, Necrochip, Dead End, Blood Lines, Killing Time, Shallow Grave, Blood Sinister, Gone Tomorrow, Game Over