DS Dave Slater is bored. With nothing more to investigate than a flasher and an illiterate counterfeiter, he yearns for some excitement. He soon learns to be careful what you wish for.
The battered body of a woman is found in a patch of long grass near local woodland, yet there are no tracks or of signs of disturbance. Who is she and how did she get there? Even as they are examining the scene, a dog makes a grisly discovery in the woods and subsequent search reveals two long-buried skeletons. Three bodies in one day seems like a bizarre coincidence.
Slater and his colleagues soon identify the first body as Sarah Townley, reported missing from Birmingham. When the pathology team report shows the two skeletons, both victims of an axe murder, were Sarah Townley’s sister and niece, there’s no such thing as just a coincidence.
A complex web of connections emerges, including former boyfriends, ex-lovers, a pilot smuggling contraband and a Serbian gangster, making it a tough job to nail the killer. Or killers. On top of this, someone’s causing trouble in the detectives’ close-knit team. When accusations start flying, Slater is right at the centre of the sort of scandal that could end a career.
In this second book in the series, the sleepy Hampshire town of Tinton is hiding some long-held secrets. To deliver justice for the dead women, and to save his career, Dave Slater must go digging.