#1 of a series of hard-hitting British crime novels of approximately 50,000 words, one day reads, concerning the investigations of Detective Sergeant Andy North, 30 years old, six feet tall and slim. This first investigation is about the abduction of his wife Zoe and follows Andy around the City in which he works as he makes frantic attempts to find her before she is murdered, accompanied by Ellie Tonbridge, his attractive lesbian Detective partner. Andy and Zoe have been together for five years and married for two and live in a house Andy purchased and renovated after being left money by his grandfather. The novel is fast-moving and compact with everything expected from a crime novel, good characterization, exciting action, fast-paced. It is hoped by the author that the series will cover every letter of the western alphabet beginning the title of the book. #2 will be called Broken North and will be available almost immediately. The books are S.D. Gripton at his very best.