By Peter Robinson

Murders . . . cities . . . decided police officers . . . One morning in March, at the fringe of a cliff overlooking the ocean, a lady named Karen Drew is located in her wheelchair along with her throat slit. again in Eastvale on that very same morning, in a tangle of slim alleys at the back of a industry sq., the physique of Hayley Daniels is located raped and strangled. On mortgage to a sister precinct, Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot attracts the 1st case, yet she turns up not anything in Karen Drew's earlier that would have brought on somebody to kill her. in the meantime, within the Hayley Daniels homicide, leader Inspector Alan Banks has suspects galore. Then a step forward spins Annie's case in a surprising and striking new path, immediately towards Banks. jointly they have to look for killers who might strike back at any second, with bloody fury.

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Annie wondered. Perhaps her body had been incapable of sensation, but what emotions had she felt during those final moments? Relief ? Horror? Fear? Though the inside of the hall was as old and dark as the exterior, like a stately home, with its parquet f loor, wainscoting, broad winding staircase, high ceiling complete with crystal chandelier, and oil paintings of eighteenth-century dignitaries on the walls—the Mapston clan, no doubt—the computer setup behind the reception desk was modern enough, as was the elaborate stair-lift.

But why would this Mary . . I mean . ” Mel started crying. Grace passed her a handkerchief from her pocket and touched her shoulder again. ” Mel went on. ” “Well, I think we know the answer to that,” Annie said. “Someone wanted to get her alone in an isolated spot and kill her. The puzzle that remains is why. ” “I believe she had some money from the sale of her house,” Grace said, “but that would all have been put toward her care. ” Annie asked. “Drunk driver,” said Grace. “Broke her back. Awkward area.

That’s how I met Geoff in the first place, actually. ” “I packed it in six months ago. Geoff makes more than enough for us all to live on, and I’ve got plenty of other things to occupy my time. ” F R I E N D O F T H E D E V I L 27 Winsome doubted that. ” she asked casually. Donna shrugged. If she felt that Winsome was prodding her for an alibi, she didn’t show it. “Just stayed in. Caroline from over the road came over with a DVD. Casino Royale. The new one, you know, with that dishy Daniel Craig.

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