The first novel in a powerfully original new crime series featuring a young policewoman haunted by her own dark past.
Harry Bingham is a successful author as well as running The Writer's' Workshop, an editorial consultancy for first-time writers, and organising the York Festival of Writing. He lives near Oxford.
Murdering a prostitute is terrible enough, but killing her innocent child as well is horrific, think the members of the Cardiff, Wales, police department. A powerful clue was left behind: the credit card of one of Wales's richest shipping magnates. The trouble is, he died the year before. Cambridge-educated DS Fiona (Fi) Griffiths is determined to pursue this tenuous lead. Fi, who carries her own dark secret, tries to fit in, but it's a near-impossible task for the oddball, brilliant detective. Brilliant doesn't mean sensible though, and Fi uses tactics that break most rules-and that put her in extreme danger. She senses that the sex trade and the shipping industry intersect somehow, but she'll need to think outside the box to make the complex case come together. VERDICT Bingham's riveting procedural thriller series debut has winner written all over it. The author's ability to juxtapose his protagonist's introspection with an inflammatory and violent storyline makes for an edgy, totally unsettling read. Recommend highly for S.J. Bolton and Tana French fans. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Praise for gripping, atmosphere Fiona Griffiths crime thriller
series:Chilling, atmospheric and so gripping it hurts. You won't
read a better crime novel this year-- MARK EDWARDS
Intriguing and compelling - I love Fiona Griffiths -- SHARON BOLTON
In a word - brilliant. One of the most enjoyable crime novels I've read in a while -- JAMES OSWALD
Compelling and claustrophic, Without a doubt, Fiona Griffiths is one of crime's most memorable heroines -- SARAH HILARY
One of the most interesting and complicated protagonists in current UK crime fiction. Truly unforgettable -- MICK HERRON
Fiona Griffiths is one of the most unusual and engaging characters in British crime fiction. Those who haven't yet encountered Fiona will be drawn into a beautifully crafted world -- SINEAD CROWLEY
Gripping...Fiona Griffiths kept me hooked to the last page and left me hungry for more -- RACHEL ABBOTT
This is on one level an orthodox, if expertly written, police procedural. But the character of Fiona lifts it to an altogether different, extraordinary level. She is childlike, brilliant, courageous and utterly loopy all at the same time - as well as devastatingly real and human and alone...She'll haunt you long after you finish this book, and send you scurrying to find what else Bingham has written. -- YORK PRESS
Fresh and compelling. The best thing coming out of this gem of a crime story is the promise of another -- NY DAILY NEWS
Compelling...a new crime talent to treasure -- DAILY MAIL