Set in Liverpool, in 2005, against the backdrop of an almost forgotten immigration problem, this is a stunning crime thriller.
When the body of an unidentified young woman falls from a rubbish bin, in the red light district, it starts a police investigation which uncovers the seedy underworld of the exploitation of people looking for safety in the U.K.
From youth gangs, to low level drug pushers and pimps, the investigation exposes greed and racism in all walks of life.
Detective Inspector Jeff Rickman is given his first SIO role and is appointed acting DCI to investigate the murder. His side kick is the politically incorrect DS Foster. But Rickman isn’t as squeaky clean as people think and his actions are tempered by guilt, a guilt only Foster is aware of. Together they sail very close to the wind and as the story develops so does the bond between the two
At times they think they are getting nowhere, they have a suspect but nobody is talking, and they need witnesses.
The book looks at issues as relevant today as they were in the early 2000’s. The characters in the book are brilliant, Rickman is a strong man with a good moral compass that let him down once, and he now regrets it.
Foster is an old school DS in a young mans body, and his actions are cringe worthy but brilliant.
He people that steal the show are the bit part characters. The victims are hardly portrayed as characters because they are mainly dead before we meet them, but the investigation uncovers a tragic life. The witnesses amongst the prostitutes and street gangs are wonderfully written.
Just like the characters, the settings and the crimes, are perfect for the story.
A brilliant crime thriller
Publishers: Joffe Books