The twenty-seventh installment of the #1 bestselling Inspector Banks series by "the grand master of the genre" (Literary Review), Peter Robinson.
The gruesome double-murder at an Eastvale property developer’s luxury home should be an open and shut case for Superintendent Alan 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 murder. When Banks and his team find a cache of spy-cam videos hidden in the house, the investigation pivots to another violent crime that could cast the murders in an entirely different light.
Meanwhile, Banks’s friend Zelda is increasingly uncertain of her future in Britain’s hostile environment. She thinks she will be safer in Moldova, hunting the men who enslaved her, than she is Yorkshire or London. Her search takes her back to the orphanage where it all began. By stirring up the murky waters of the past, Zelda is putting herself in greater danger than ever before.
And as the threat to Zelda escalates, so does the danger for Banks and all those around them . . .
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.