A little boy is snatched at the gate of his home while he waits for his lift to school.
An ex-con struggling to go straight finds himself drawn back into a criminal ring.
A young woman hovers between life and death.
Detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler is called in to investigate. But with dead-ends mounting up and time running out, has he taken on a case so complex it threatens to defeat him?
‘All the ingredients for the perfect English crime novel’ Daily Mail
"All the ingredients for the perfect English crime novel are here"
"A tantalising mystery"
"Captures sinister atmosphere brilliantly"
"For the first time in years, P.D. James has serious competition"