DCI Hanlon is going undercover.
Oxford Philosophy lecturer Dr Gideon Fuller is in the frame, but Hanlon is not convinced.
From the specialist brothels in Oxford and Soho, to the inner sanctum of a Russian people trafficker with a taste for hurting women, the trail leads Hanlon deeper and deeper into danger – until she herself becomes the killer’s next target…
Can Hanlon track down the killer before it’s too late?
This book was previously published as Cold Revenge by Alex Howard.
I received a copy of this book from Boldwood Books via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
The second book in the Hanlon series has her going undercover after the murder of a university student. There are many strands to this plot, all of which interweave as the story progresses. The story is atmospheric and full of locational detail so the reader can visualise the setting.
Hanlon now an acting DCI works with Demeril in a world of trafficking and abuse. The themes are noir crime and disturbing. The characters are well defined, yet the lines of good and evil are often blurred.
Hanlon continues to be driven and unrepentant. Her feelings about her friend Whiteside lying in a coma shows her vulnerability. The believable team dynamics are why this series works so well.
This is an addictive edition of this absorbing series.
Alex Coombs studied Arabic at Oxford and Edinburgh Universities and went on to work in adult education and then retrained to be a chef. He has written four well reviewed crime novels as Alex Howard.