Saturday, March 05, 2016 by William Wain
Detective Inspector Charlie Priest of the Yorkshire force is officially on leave, but his superiors call him in when Mrs Marina Norris’s chauffeur is found dead by a blast to the head with a Kalashnikov. Charlie is the first to learn that Mrs Norris herself hasn’t been home since the murder, though her husband, a tobacco millionaire, seems unfazed by this fact. Charlie’s certain there’s a link between the murder and the disappearance – but leads are sparse and he has to come off the case.
Soon he’s back in harness again, this time on the trail of drug smugglers on the Hull-Rotterdam run. His contact, Kevin, is a lowly cog in the wheel, and easily hoodwinked into believing that Charlie’s in the same line of business as himself, but with rather greater success, as indicated by his Jag and his classy woman (Charlie’s lovely girlfriend Annabelle, swiftly re-named Sharron when she and a gang member inadvertently meet). But the real villains are not such a pushover – and when Charlie sees a connection to his previous enquiry he realises he’s on very dangerous territory indeed…
Published by Allison & Busby (2005)