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Ruth Pierce and her husband try unsuccessfully to cope with the anguish of their daughter’s disappearance, but their marriage can’t take the strain of their terrible loss, and they separate. Years later, Ruth marries for a second time, but (to her horror) her second daughter, Beatrice, also disappears.
Detective Will Grayson is on the trail of the creepy Mitchell Roberts, a paedophile who has been released from prison, and Grayson makes it clear that he is on Roberts’ case as the latter begins his old tricks by hanging around schools. Grayson and Helen Walker (who is having an affair with an older married colleague) discover that matters at stake here are not just the protection of children from dangerous human predators – and issues such as the freedom of the individual become crucial, as lives are put at risk.
John Harvey, as ever, is able to freight such weighty matters into his narrative without ever obscuring the essential purpose of the crime novel: to compel the attention and to entertain. The entertainment here is of the disturbing variety, as so often with this author. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The loss of a child is every parents nightmare. When 12 year old Heather disappears while on holiday with her friend's parents, her mother is launched on a grief stained path... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Thomas Cunliffe
other reviewers seemed Luke warm so I did not expect to find such an enthralling crime novel. I have read all john harvey resnick books, but this is different such a clever plot.Published 8 months ago by Mrs Marion C Cumberland
This is the first book I have read by John Harvey. It was loaned to me by a book club I belong to. I must say I liked it and would definitely read another of his books. Read morePublished on 30 Mar. 2013 by Shirley Ford
I love books with a twist, ones that keep you guessing until the very end. This book definately falls into that category. Read morePublished on 16 Jan. 2013 by Amazon Customer
Fans of John Harvey will not be disappointed by this book. It has well drawn out characters and tight, overlapping plots and at the same time you can smell and feel the locations,... Read morePublished on 9 July 2012 by The writerman
John Harvey doesn't go in for sensational, far-fetched or fantastical plots; the plot here is about missing children, child abuse and broken families. Read morePublished on 9 July 2011 by M. V. Clarke
I've never got into Resnick, but I love both the Frank Elder and stand alones. This one is brill. The sort that you carry with you just so you can read a bit more. Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2011 by wimsey
This book delivered in every respect. I think the characterisation is superb; the writing excellent and the plot is exciting. Read morePublished on 11 Aug. 2010 by Flamingo
The New York Times Sunday book review interested me in reading this author.
I had run out of British detectives mainly garnered from Public TV showings and DVD,s of this... Read more