A gripping and entertaining read with razor-sharp plotting and captivating twists
Kinnon is skilful writer and The Knotted Cord is a very enjoyable read. -- Citron Press
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After one step into the abandoned warehouse, Sergeant Martin Nicols stopped to peer into the gloom, sunglasses now in his hand. From a grimy, streaked window far overhead, a shaft of dusty light highlighted two small boys poised on the edge of a wooden packing case. Wide eyes fixed on Martin, the smaller boy smiled tentatively before he shivered and wriggled closer to his friend.
Martins feet stirred up the dust. He coughed, sniffed, and catalogued smells in his mind: old cement dust, mice, rats, tomcat, someone had thrown up recently, a whiff of cigarette smoke?
The naked body of a teenage boy hung between two flaking, rusty pillars about three feet apart. Each wrist was tied to the opposite end of a crosspiece. The ankles were tied to the poles, leaving the feet about nine inches clear of the floor. Martin inspected the area around the body.
Someone had swept the floor.