Accused of pushing a boy to his death in a failed suicide intervention, DCI Doug Stirling is suspended from duty.
Attacked in the media and haunted by the boy’s smile as he let go of Stirling’s hand, he watches helplessly as an incompetent colleague determined to destroy him investigates the boy’s death, supported by the vindictive Deputy Chief Constable, McDonald.
Weeks later, an anonymous call leads the police to a remote location and a burnt-out car containing the body of a savagely murdered man. But who is he? ACC Steph Tanner takes a professional risk and appoints Stirling to lead the investigation, throwing him a lifeline to restore his reputation.
With no witnesses, no forensic evidence, and more theories than investigators, Stirling’s investigation has too many loose threads as he uncovers a complex, interwoven history of deception, betrayal, and sadistic relationships. Is the murder as complex as it appears, or is there a simpler explanation?
With time the enemy, and tormented by the boy’s death, does Stirling still have what it takes to bring the killer, or killers, to justice before McDonald ruins his career?
Things are difficult enough when DC Helen Williams joins the investigation, a determined woman intent on rekindling their past relationship. And could Ayesha, the beautiful lawyer Stirling has grown fond of be connected to the murder?
Find out what DCI Stirling does next, in Ray Britain’s second novel, Forgotten LiVes