By Val McDermid
When inner most investigator Kate Brannigan is requested to discover a lacking individual as a favour, she accepts – in any case, it’s acquired to be larger than the final weeks of staking out homes and warehouses from sunrise till dead night, and dwelling on highway provider station nutrients.
The lacking individual in query is a songwriter, Moira Pollock, and Kate’s seek leads her into a number of the seediest components of Leeds and Bradford. yet what she doesn’t fully grasp, is that discovering Moira is simply a prelude to homicide . . .
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