Before Vince McNulty moved to America to work as technical advisor for Titanic Productions he was just a lost soul back in Yorkshire.
Once a cop always a cop. Ex vice squad cop Vince McNulty copes with life outside the force by visiting the Northern X massage parlours he used to police. Until a return to his old stomping ground prompts a change of fortunes. Several girls have gone missing. All young masseuses. All from parlours that McNulty has visited.
When one of them turns up dead everything points to a regular customer being involved. And McNulty is top of the list.
Praise for the books by Colin Campbell:
“Very real. And very good.” —Lee Child
“There’s nothing soft about Campbell’s writing. If you enjoy your crime fiction hard-boiled, the Jim Grant series is a must read.” —Bruce Robert Coffin, author of the Detective Byron series
“A cop with a sharp eye, keen mind, and a lion’s heart.” —Reed Farrel Coleman
“Campbell writes smart, rollercoaster tales with unstoppable forward momentum and thrilling authenticity.” —Nick Petrie
“Grim and gritty and packed with action.” —Kirkus Review
“The pages fly like the bullets, fistfights and one-liners that make this one of my favourite books of the year. Top stuff!” —Matt Hilton
“An excellent story well told. A mixture of The Choirboys meets Harry Bosch.” —Michael Jecks
“Sets up immediately and maintains a breakneck pace throughout. Its smart structure and unrelenting suspense will please Lee Child fans.” —Library Journal Review
“This is police procedural close-up and personal. A strong debut with enough gritty realism to make your eyes water, and a few savage laughs along the way.” —Reginald Hill
In this middling crime novel from British author Campbell (Blue Knight, White Cross), 36-year-old Vince McNulty, who was bounced after 18 years with the West Yorkshire police for brutalizing a pedophile, now patronizes the Northern X chain of massage parlors he used to bust during his time on the vice squad. While enjoying a masseuse s services in a room at one such establishment, he hears a young woman s screams elsewhere in the house. Vince goes to the rescue of a girl who appears to be in her early teens, overpowering the brute he suspects is abusing her. When the girl disappears, the disgraced ex-copper teams with ex-con Don Donkey Flowers to track her. Vince s inquiries overlap with Det. Constable Jimmy Tynan s investigation into seven missing massage parlor girls. While Vince likes to replay scenes from his favorite movies and recite the lyrics from the 60s song The House of the Rising Sun, he remains a stock type.