A daughter's death
A teenage girl is found, brutally murdered in her squalid flat.
A mother's love
Her mother is devastated. She gave her child up to the care system, only to lose her again, and is convinced that the drug-pusher boyfriend is to blame.
Two ordinary women, one extraordinary job
DC Rachel Bailey has dragged herself up from a deprived childhood and joined the Manchester Police. Rachel's boss thinks her new recruit has bags of raw talent but straight-laced DC Janet Scott, her reluctant partner, has doubts.
Together Scott and Bailey must hunt a killer, but a life fighting crime can be no life at all...
DS Rachel Bailey and DC Janet Scott...make tweedy Oxbridge-educated gentlemen detectives seem like a long distant memory
Genuinely funny and touching
[A] grounded, realistic look at the world of the Manchester murder squad