Detective Dennis Milne is waiting to kill three unarmed men. Cynical and jaded, Milne likes to think that he's hurting only those who deserve it.
But this time he's been duped. Instead of shooting drug dealers, he kills two respectable customs officers and an accountant -- suddenly Milne, his lucrative sideline and what remains of his conscience are heading for trouble.
Twelve hours later he's back on duty in London's King's Cross. Eighteen-year-old Miriam Fox has been found dead -- her throat slashed. Milne's dogged enquiries into the murky world of the teenage vice trade soon implicate fellow police officers and the manager of the hostel where Miriam once stayed.
With his own crimes returning to haunt him, Milne uncovers a web of depravity more shocking than he could ever have imagined.
About the Author
Simon Kernick is one of Britain's most exciting thriller writers. He arrived on the crime writing scene with his highly acclaimed debut novel The Business of Dying, the story of a corrupt cop moonlighting as a hitman. Simon's big breakthrough came with his novel Relentless which was the biggest selling thriller of 2007. His most recent crime thrillers include Siege, Ultimatum, Stay Alive and The Final Minute. He is also the author of the bestselling three-part serial thrillers Dead Man's Gift and One By One. Simon talks both on and off the record to members of the Counter Terrorism Command and the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, so he gets to hear first hand what actually happens in the dark and murky underbelly of UK crime.
"Gripping and thought provoking...Kernick weaves his web with the assurance of a seasoned professional" Time Out "Caught me with its gut-wrenching reality. A compelling debut" -- Gerald Seymour "Simon Kernick writes with his foot pressed hard on the pedal. Hang on tight!" -- Harlan Coben "Simon Kernick writes great plots, great characters, great action" -- Lee Child