Two teenage girls are victims of a bloody Valentine's Day shooting; one survives, the other is less fortunate...
It's one of a rising number of violent incidents in the city, and DI Charlie Resnick, nearing retirement, is hauled back to the front line to help deal with the fallout. But when the dead girl's father seeks to lay the blame on DI Lynn Kellogg, Resnick's colleague and lover, the line between personal and professional becomes dangerously blurred.
As Lynn, shaken by this very public accusation, is forced to question her part in the teenager's death, Resnick struggles against those in the force who disapprove of his maverick ways. But when the unimaginable occurs, an emotional Resnick will need all his strength to see justice done.
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If anyone deserves to nudge Ian Rankin from his post as Britain's bestselling crime writer, it's Harvey. - Kirkus Review
Impassioned ... heartbreaking ... Confirms Harvey as one of our most accomplished writers in any genre - Sunday Telegraph
Authoritative ... visceral, engaged, and yes, unputdownable - Independent
Sharp plotting, great characterisation and a powerful narrative; it's as good as they get - Observer
Hoodie gang fights, murder, people trafficking, gun-running. Yes, we're back in Nottingham, an ordinary city with everyday British problems, brilliantly chronicled by John Harvey, who paints a better picture of the difficulties police face than the ten o'clock news - Daily Mail
John Harvey is the author of the richly praised Charlie Resnick novels, the first of which, Lonely Hearts, was named by The Times as one of the '100 Best Crime Novels of the Century'. His first novel featuring Frank Elder, Flesh and Blood, won the CWA Silver Dagger in 2004, and a Barry Award for the Best British Crime Novel published in the US in 2004. In 2007 John Harvey was awarded the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger and in 2009 he was awarded an honorary degree, Doctor of Letters, by the University of Nottingham.
To find out more about John Harvey visit his website at: www.mellotone.co.uk