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Synopsis: An enigmatic policeman – currently the subject of an internal investigation – is found burned to death in his car on the Southend sea front.A vulnerable young woman, fresh out of the care system, is trying to discover the truth behind the sudden death of her best friend.
As DS Frank Pearson and DC Catherine Russell from the Essex Police Major Investigation Team are brought in to solve the mystery that surrounds their colleague’s death, they’re under intense pressure to crack the case without damaging the force’s reputation.
When a dramatic turn of events casts a whole new light on both cases, the way forward is far from clear. Were the victims connected in some way? And just how much should Pearson and Russell reveal to their bosses as they begin to unearth some dark secrets that the force would rather keep buried?

 My review: This was a weird one. It’s multiple point of view by two police involved that includes a lot of stuff about several other police as well as chapters voiced by a young, obviously troubled girl. It all gets a bit messy

The female policewoman is easy to see as is the young girl but there’s nothing to distinguish all the men so it wasn’t until about 60% into the book when 4 of them were in a room together I could work out who was who. And that makes it hard to care for them. The victim is a fellow police officer described as a potential villain with seemingly no redeeming qualities, on the take and potentially violent. So why should I care someone had enough and offed him?

The plot itself isn’t too bad. I liked how it actually took until about half way through for things to start making sense. It’s a little old fashioned really as there’s very little forensic work. It’s all about talking to people and worming out nuggets of information until the lightbulb moment. In fact there isn’t a lightbulb as the murderer (sort of) is caught by doing something stupid in a public place. Something foreshadowed a but early on in the story.

It’s a decent read, doesn’t tax the brain too much, I would just have liked a reason to care about the characters just that little bit more.

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