Four years ago, Detective Inspector Harlan Miller killed someone. Now - divorced, alone, consumed by guilt - the world outside his prison walls holds little for him. Until an eight-year-old boy is abducted. Ethan Reed. The son of the man he killed. Frustrated by a police search that finds nothing, Ethan's mother appeals to the man she hates most in the world. She has one question to ask - beg - of Harlan Miller. Find her little boy. Do whatever it takes.
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Would you break the law to see justice done? In Sheffield, a bankrupt businessman has murdered his family. It seems like an open-and-shut case: A desperate man resorting to desperate measures. In Middlesbrough, a woman named Angel is heading south. She is a woman alone. A prostitute. Now a murderer. And she has only one thing on her mind: Revenge. Two crimes, a hundred miles apart, but a terrible secret connects them.
A Sheffield prostitute has disappeared. She's just the latest in a long line of missing girls stretching back three decades. Amongst the women working South Yorkshire's streets, rumours of a serial killer have long circulated. The police's top brass don't want to know about it, but two very different detectives are being drawn into a murky world of perversion, murder and corruption that stretches from the streets to the corridors of power.
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