In a cold, windswept field on the outskirts of Edinburgh, lies the brutally mutilated body of a young woman. As DI Rob Brennan looks at the tangled mass of limbs and blood, he feels his heart freeze.
Like Fiona Gow five years earlier, this girl has been strangled with her own stockings, sexually mutilated and her eyes have been gouged out. Is this the work of an Edinburgh Ripper? The press certainly think so.
Rob Brennan is determined to uncover the truth – however painful that might be. But truth is hard to come by in a world of police rivalries, media hysteria and copycat crime.
Praise for Books by Tony Black
“Tony Black is one of those excellent perpetrators of Scottish noir…a compelling and convincing portrayer of raw emotions in a vicious milieu.” —The Times
“If you’re a fan of the Ian Rankins, Denise Minas and Irvine Welshes of this world, this is most certainly one for you.” —Scotsman
“Black renders his nicotine-stained domain in a hardboiled slang that fizzles with vicious verisimilitude.” —The Guardian
“Ripping, gutsy prose and a witty wreck of a protagonist makes this another exceptionally compelling, bright and even original thriller.” —The Mirror
“This up-and-coming crime writer isn’t portraying the Edinburgh in the Visit Scotland tourism ads.” —The Sun
“Comparisons with Rebus will be obvious. But that would be too easy…Black has put his defiant, kick-ass stamp on his leading man, creating a character that deftly carries the story through every razor-sharp twist and harrowing turn.” —Daily Record