Shortlisted for the Crime Writer s Association 2013 Debut Dagger Detective Inspector Avison Fluke is a man on the edge.
He has committed a crime to get back to work, concealed a debilitating illness, and is about to be made homeless.
Just as he thinks things can t get any worse, the body of a young woman is found buried on a wet, Cumbrian building site.
Shot once in the back of the head, execution style, it is a cold, calculated murder.
When the post-mortem reveals she has gone to significant expense in disguising her appearance, and the only clue to her identity is a strange series of numbers, Fluke knows this is no ordinary murder.
With the help of a psychotic ex-Para, a gangland leader, and a woman more interested in maggots than people, Fluke must find out who she was and why she was murdered before he can even think about finding her killer.
As the body count rises and his investigation takes him from poverty stricken estates to picture perfect Lake District villages, he realizes his troubles are only just beginning. Because someone, somewhere has a plan and if Fluke can t figure out what s happening, he may just be next."