London sweats in the height of summer. The parched city has slowed to a claustrophobic shuffle and there's no end in sight. Heroin-addicted investigator Catherine Berlin hides her scars from prying eyes while working the worst of all cases: matrimonial. The capital's junkies suffer from a drought of a different kind.
A strung-out ghost from Berlin's past turns up on her doorstep with a desperate plea for help: her 10-year-old daughter is missing. Reminded of a debt owed, Berlin agrees to help, but the search becomes far more deadly than she could ever imagine, drawing her deep into an underworld of corrupt detectives, ruthless drug dealers, and a child killer....
Annie Hauxwell was born in London. She abandoned the law to work as an investigator and now combines this with writing. She lives in a small country town in Australia when not in London. Her career includes prize winning short crime fiction and professionally produced theatre and film, and her feature screenplays have been optioned in the U.S. and Australia.
"A blood-soaked world of corruption and abuse.... Catch the wave now, while it's building." (The Times)
"A stylishly written and assuredly paced debut that heralds a promising new series." (Financial Times)
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