Within an unconventional artists' neighbourhood, DCI David Brock and DS Kathy Kolla need to find six-year-old Tracy Rudd, the third child to be abducted in recent weeks. Tracey is the daughter of controversial artist Gabriel Rudd, who Tracey's grandparents blame for the suicide of Tracey's mother and hint at his complicity in their granddaughter's disappearance. As Kathy tries to decipher motives. Brock's attention is diverted by a personal and career crisis.More
"No onw who reads this haunting, unnerving work will ever again think about contemporary artists the same way." (Publishers Weekly)
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Brock is no artist, that's obvious!
The storyline is, as ever with books by Barry Maitland, a good one although DCI Brock meets some very strange characters this time. However the narrator is totally wrong - he gives Brock a voice that sounds young and uneducated which is not the impression I get of the character from Maitland's books. There are certainly enough bodies to go round and some very sick people with which he and DS Kola have to deal. There's a good twist at the end, so don't be tempted to peek.
The twists and turns of the plot. Barry Maitland is an expert at this and No Trace is no exception.
Only if it better matches the characters.
Easily, except there's a plethora of detective series being mades for TV. I don't know that there is sufficient difference between Brock and some of his counterparts in other police procedurals currently being aired.
Barry Maitland is a good author, one of the best for this type of crime novel.