Viking, Aug 2004, 25.95, 407 pp.
Superintendent Richard Jury had thought nothing could be worse than his last case as he almost died (see THE BLUE LAST). However, looking down at the murdered little girl lying in the London streets makes him realize he was too optimistic.
At about the same time, Police Commander Brian Macalvie investigates the case of a Jane Doe found murdered in the gardens of Declan Scott's estate. Three years ago Brian failed to resolve the abduction of Declan's stepdaughter, four years old at the time Flora. Her mother Mary died not long afterward and Declan still mourns those losses.
The girl's autopsy reveals the five year old had sexual activity. Richard talks with pedophile unit Chief DI Johnny Blakeley who says the victim was abused by a ring owned by financier Viktor Baumann. The other killing also connects to Viktor as Flora was his child and Mary his first wife. The three coppers work together to prove that Viktor is a murderer and pedophile ring owner.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner