Murder is only the beginning for Banks and his team . . .
The gruesome double murder at an Eastvale property developer's luxury home should be an open and shut case for Superintendent Banks and his team of detectives. There's a clear link to the notoriously vicious Albanian mafia, men who left the country suspiciously soon after the death. Then they find a cache of spy-cam videos hidden in the house - and Annie and Gerry's investigation pivots to the rape of a young girl that could cast the murders in an entirely different light.
Banks's friend Zelda, increasingly uncertain of her future in Britain's hostile environment, thinks she will be safer in Moldova hunting the men who abducted, raped and enslaved her than she is Yorkshire or London. Her search takes her back to the orphanage where it all began - but by stirring up the murky waters of the past, Zelda is putting herself in greater danger than any she's seen before.
And as the threat escalates, so does the danger for Banks and those who love Zelda . . .
'The master of the police procedural' Mail on Sunday
'The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong' Stephen King
Bestseller Robinson ably balances multiple plotlines in his intricate 27th novel featuring Det. Supt. Alan Banks (after 2020's Many Rivers to Cross). Banks's police consultant friend Zelda, who has developed a database of sex traffickers in her job at Britain's National Crime Agency, has returned to Chisinau, Moldova, in search of the director of the orphanage where she resided until the director sold her, at 17, to sex trafficker brothers Goran and Petar Tadic. A decade later, in France, she killed Goran and escaped to London. The tension rises when Petar, eager to avenge his brother's murder, kidnaps Zelda, and Banks investigates. Meanwhile, Banks's dedicated team, Det. Insp. Annie Cabbot and Det. Constable Gerry Masterson, seek the victim and perpetrator of a rape caught on a blurry video at a party given by a crooked property developer. Annie and Gerry's investigation intersects credibly with Zelda's case, and Robinson deepens the character of Banks, who is increasingly disillusioned with his police work and resentful of its emotional toll. Fans will wonder what lies ahead for his career and personal life. \n