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Sometimes the danger is too close to see. A dark and gripping crime thriller introducing DI Grace Fisher.

Accused of grassing up a fellow officer and driven brutally out of home and job, DI Grace Fisher is thankful to survive some dark times and find haven with the Major Investigation Team in Essex. Any hopes of a quiet start to her new life are dashed by the discovery of the body of a female student, last seen at a popular bar in Colchester. Grace has her first case.

When a second student, also out drinking, is murdered and left grotesquely posed, the case becomes headline news.

Someone is leaking disturbing details to a tabloid crime reporter. Is it the killer? Or a detective close to the case?

With another victim dead, and under siege by the media, the murder inquiry hits a dead end. The review team brought in to shake things up is headed by Grace’s old DCI. Who is going to listen to her now?

Reviews

Assured, convincing and especially good on . . . the delicate - and often dodgy - nature of the relationship between the police and the press
Guardian
An absorbing, well-written whodunnit set in a corner of the world as it actually is in the year 2014
Literary Review
Absolutely convincing, sad, touching - and horrifying too
N J Cooper
This fast-moving novel combines clever plot twists with a surprising delicacy of feeling
Sunday Times