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DI Kate Burrows is put in charge of a murder inquiry where children are being abandoned and in some cases killed. At the same time that she is attempting to solve this case, her boyfriend Patrick Kelly, a renowned 'villain' has been hiding his criminal activities from her. She has to both solve the case and try to keep her personal life from crumbling around her.
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The review of this Book prepared by Elizabeth Kelly

Detective Inspector Kate Burrows has her toughest case yet. Someone is abusing small children in the town of Grantley, and blame is pointed at the parents for neglecting their children when social worker Robert Bateman pays them a visit. As the violent parents are arrested and the kids put into care, Kate suspects something is not right when a child is found beaten to death on a gypsy caravan site outside London. Her personal life with ex-ganagland boss Patrick Kelly is collapsing around her as the Moscow Mafia muscle in on his businesses in London's Soho quarter. A prostitute is murdered in Kelly's bar; he is suspected. His romantic attachment to Kate is also under threat. But how are these events linked? Kate soon suspects a connection in places high up in the British Government when her boss takes her off the child-murder investigation. An engrossing, compelling and sometimes very disturbing thriller with a very unexpected twist at the end.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Special suspect?    -   chronically deranged person Murder of certain profession?    -   criminals Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   character killed during/after sexing    -   local police w/ IQ of a houseplant    -   "All in the family" murder Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   France    -   Russia City?    -   Yes City:    -   London    -   dangerous Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   dumb rednecks, like Gomer Pyle    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids Misc setting    -   prison    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of breasts    -   descript. of other female areas    -   descript. of male nudity    -   rape (yeech!) A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   run over    -   crushed    -   impaled    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives    -   blunt clubbing (like seals)    -   exploded into bits Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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