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'John Kennedy is an exceptional talent. Authentic voice, impeccable pacing, pitch-perfect characterisation - but above all it's the quality of his writing which had me gaping with envy.' Roger Morris.

DI Will Ashcroft saved a boy from drowning in the London Docklands. But the incident still haunts him.

Now Ashcroft is back in the Pennines, where he started out.

There has been a murder - and a twelve-year-old boy is missing.

The deeper Ashcroft delves into the crimes, the clearer it becomes that he cannot solve the cases on his own.

Samira Byrne is a black police officer, battling against prejudice both in and outside the force. Yet she is smart and tenacious - and becomes an ally.

Faced with incompetent superior officers, witnesses who are withholding information, and the suspicious behaviour of the missing boy's parents, Ashcroft and Byrne must risk everything to unravel secrets the valley has been keeping for over ten years.

Can Ashcroft outrun his past long enough to solve the cases?

DI Will Ashcroft, still haunted over a child murder case in London, returns to the north of England.

The murder of a young woman is perplexing local police. Ashcroft agrees to help. He finds that the killer is choosing victims from the emerging rave scene.

WDC Samira Byrne, suffering prejudice both in and outside her department, has been working undercover to infiltrate a gang of drug dealers, but she stumbles on a witness who has been targeted by the killer. Investigating without sanction or backup, Samira soon becomes a target herself.

Working through the incompetence which has kept the case unsolved, Ashcroft uncovers the link between the chain of victims.

Facing internal politics, corruption and self-serving ambition in senior officers, Ashcroft must work alone to find Samira.

But can he get to her while there is still time?

DI Will Ashcroft, having overcome the trauma of a previous child murder case, is now recovering after being shot in an organised crime operation in London. The incident has made him question his future in the force.

In the north, his former partner DS Samira Byrne, battling prejudice in and outside her department, finds herself involved with a human trafficking ring with ties to the local police.

Disowned and wanted for questioning after a trumped-up drugs allegation, Byrne is forced to go on the run with a young woman she has rescued from the criminal gang.

Ashcroft returns to the north, determined to find Byrne and clear her name. He uncovers a web of corruption and narrowly escapes the gang's dangerously unhinged enforcer, Dean.

The gang, however, are intent on finding both women and silencing them before their evidence can come to light.

Ashcroft discovers that the corruption may have spread into the higher reaches of the force.

Facing a killer who takes pleasure in his work, Ashcroft must put his reputation - and his life - at risk.

John Kennedy has been shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger and the Exeter prize.

Praise for John Kennedy:
'Gritty, dark, full of edgy action and authentic characters. The tension simmers from start to finish.' Frank Malley, author of The 13th Assassin.

'Kennedy knows how to develop plots and characters.' Thomas Waugh, author of Enough is Enough.

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  • Publication Date: October 11, 2022
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