When “swinger” Simon Appleyard is
found strung-up and naked in his Hull apartment, the authorities are only too
happy to chalk up his death to a suicide. After all, a new gang has taken over
the local drug trade, and Detective Superintendent Trish Pharaoh’s Serious and
Organized Crime Unit is being run ragged by this well-connected and merciless
group of criminals. With violent drug-related crime on the rise, the last thing
the police need is an investigation of a depressed young man’s death.
But more bodies begin to turn up,
and all are somehow connected to the local underground erotic scene. Although
Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy would be perfectly content to stay at home
with his beloved wife and newborn baby, he begins to suspect that murder is
just the tip of the iceberg. As his shrewd investigation brings him
uncomfortably close to the local political elite, powerful people who would
kill to keep their secrets buried, and who have the power to make or break his
career, McAvoy realizes he is hunting a killer who has plenty more targets in
sight, and a lust that won’t be satisfied until the River Humber runs red.
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