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Gritty, Bradford-based crime from the hugely talented author of ON DANGEROUS GROUND.

It’s Halloween and a body has been found at Druids Altar, a local beauty spot high on Harden Moor. The victim is Shayla Richards, a young black girl, and the post-mortem reveals she was suffocated and sexually assaulted; photographs of her body at the crime-scene suggest a ritual sacrifice.

DI John Handford and DS Khalid Ali soon discover that Shayla’s past is anything but straightforward. Over a year before her death, she accused a teacher of a sexual attack while in school. Although the teacher was suspended, the case collapsed when it came to trial.

Then events take a more sinister turn when Handford discovers his prime suspect seems to be a man without a past. In fact, he doesn’t even appear to exist…