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There was only one reason Manchester-based private eye Kate Brannigan was prepared to let her boyfriend help out with an investigation into a car sales fraud – nothing bad could happen. But by now Kate should know that with Richard you have to expect the unexpected.

Richard behind bars, Kate seems to be the obvious choice to look after his eight-year-old son – who proves even more troublesome than his father. Kate finds herself dragged into a world of drug traffickers, child pornographers, fraudsters and violent gangland enforcers bringing her face to face with death in the most terrifying investigation of her career.

Series: Kate Brannigan Series
UK Publisher: Harper Collins
Literary agent: David Higham Associates
Publication date UK: 19 May 1994

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Good atmosphere and a fast fluently told story: Kate is as tough as Warshawski, but less hung up on political correctness

— Daily Mail

Wry, spry, resourceful, resilient and fitted out with a quip for every contretemps.t


Tough, funny, intensely topical. McDermid stands out as one of the few contemporary writers actually nourished by the here and now.

— Literary Review, Philip Oakes

This author knows the Police and Criminal Evidence Act better than most lawyers

— New Law Review

The action, as always, is non-stop, and Kate is a worthy protagonist. Long may she thrive.

— Books Magazine

This is a witty, wickedly good read

— She

Val McDermid