When a seventeen-year-old Moldovan boy is found dead on Hampstead Heath, the case falls to DCI Karen Shields and her overstretched Homicide & Serious Crime team. Karen knows she needs a result. What she doesn't know is that her new case is tied inextricably to a much larger web of gang warfare and organised crime which infiltrates almost every ...
When a seventeen-year-old Moldovan boy is found dead on Hampstead Heath, the case falls to DCI Karen Shields and her overstretched Homicide & Serious Crime team. Karen knows she needs a result. What she doesn't know is that her new case is tied inextricably to a much larger web of gang warfare and organised crime which infiltrates almost every aspect of London society, from the back streets and high rises of Tottenham to the multi-million pound hideaways of the new international entrepreneurs. Several hundred miles away in Cornwall, DI Trevor Cordon is stirred from his day-to-day duties by another tragic London fatality. Travelling to the capital, determined to establish the cause of death and trace the deceased's daughter - an old acquaintance from Penzance - Cordon becomes entangled in a lethally complex situation of his own. A situation much closer to Karen's case than either of them can imagine ...Brilliantly plotted and filled with rich, subtle characters, John Harvey's latest novel reveals him once again as a masterful writer with his finger firmly on the pulse of twenty-first century crime.
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Publishers Weekly, 2012-10-15 The leads of this stand-alone from Harvey (A Darker Shade of Blue), London Det. Chief Insp. Karen Shields and Cornwall Det. Insp. Trevor Cordon, pursue cases in parallel without ever meeting, to intriguing but frustrating effect. A rash of killings beginning with young Moldovan immigrant Petru Andronic, found encased in an icy pond, occupy 30-something Karen, while Corton, nearing retirement age, tries to help prostitute Letitia Carlin. Driven by a confused mixture of fatherly protectiveness and lust, Trevor goes on the run with Letitia, her three-year-old son, Danny, in tow and her former lover, Ukrainian mob boss Anton Kosach, in pursuit. Karen's investigation, meanwhile, points to a mounting turf fight between native-born gangsters and Eastern Europeans led by Anton. Harvey's skill is evident in his atmospheric prose and sensitive look at how two very different cops deal with policing's personal toll, but the meandering story line, which never manages to satisfactorily conclude, marks this as a lesser display for his talent. Agent: Sarah Lutyens, Lutyens & Rubinstein. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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