‘UNMISSABLE’ – LEE CHILD * ‘BRILLIANT’ – JEFFERY DEAVER * ‘COMPELLING’ – PETER JAMES
When the bodies of two black girls are discovered in North London, the pressure is on to find a killer before the case divides the local community. But motive seems to go far beyond race in DI Geraldine Steel’s first investigation in the nation’s capital.
Two teeth were extracted from each victim, and when this information is leaked to the press, there is a media frenzy over the unusual MO. As the police pursue their lead suspect, a third girl goes missing.
With the death toll mounting, time is running out for Geraldine as she hunts for the elusive killer the media are calling 'The Dentist'.
'A nail biting, murderous puzzle that will keep you guessing until the very end' - Fresh Fiction
Look out for more DI Geraldine Steel investigations in Cut Short, Road Closed, Dead End, Death Bed, Stop Dead, Fatal Act, Killer Plan, Murder Ring, Deadly Alibi, Class Murder and Death Rope
Don't miss the DI Ian Peterson series: Cold Sacrifice, Race to Death and Blood Axe
In Russell's subpar fourth mystery featuring Det. Insp. Geraldine Steel (after 2011's Dead End), Geraldine, now with London's Murder Squad after leaving the smallish Kent police force, tackles an exasperatingly difficult case. A seriously demented collector with a passion for artifacts made from human bones appears to be targeting young black women. Steele and her new detective sergeant, Sam Haley, are part of the team assigned to find a link between the mutilation murder of Jessica Palmer and the disappearance of Donna Henry, but a dearth of forensic evidence and vague eyewitness statements give little to go on. When Sam isn't warning Geraldine that she's alienating some of the team by trying to do everything herself, the pair engage in sophomoric debates about law enforcement. Geraldine's dithering over whether to make contact with the birth mother who put her up for adoption helps humanize her but otherwise doesn't advance the action.