A stunning debut crime novel from an exciting new voice in British crime.
'Bruce is doing for Cambridge what Colin Dexter did for Oxford with Inspector Morse' Daily Mail
DC Gary Goodhew is intelligent, intuitive and the youngest detective at Cambridge's Parkside Station. He is the first on the scene when the body of a young woman is discovered on Midsummer Common and for the first time in his career is given the chance to work on a murder investigation.
Soon there is an identity for the victim: Lorna Spence. Richard Moran, her boyfriend and employer, has reported her missing and is distraught to discover that she has been killed. He claims she was loved by his staff and his sisters, reserved Alice and vulnerable Jackie. He says she had no enemies but it isn't long before Goodhew discovers plenty, including her high maintenance colleague Victoria and Goodhew's reckless former classmate Bryn.
They both swear that they have nothing to do with Lorna's death but Goodhew knows someone is lying. Then there is another brutal murder and Goodhew knows it is time to use his own initiative to flush out the killer, even though it means risking his job and discovering the truth about the one person he hopes will be innocent.
'A gripping tale of murder and mystery' Cambridge Style
'Menacing and insidious, this is a great novel' R J Ellory
Menacing and insidious, this is a great novel. - R J Ellory
An exciting debut from a very promising new talent. - Paul Johnson
A fast-paced gritty tale guaranteed to have you hooked from beginning to end. - Cambridgeshire Pride
Meaty and deeply plotted. - Morning Star
DC Gary Goodhew could just develop into a worthy succesor to those venerables of the police procedural now drawing their pensions. - Tribune
A gripping tale of murder and mystery. - Cambridge Style
Alison Bruce is the author of eight crime novels and two non-fiction titles. Her first novel, Cambridge Blue (2008), introduced both detective, DC Gary Goodhew, and her trademark Cambridge setting. She went on to complete the DC Goodhew series with a further six novels before writing the psychological thriller I Did It for Us.
Alison was born in Croydon and grew up in Wiltshire before moving to Cambridgeshire in 1998. She worked as an electroplater, taxi driver and band promoter and spent ten years working in the IT industry before leaving to concentrate on completing her first novel.
Alison is a proud supporter of local libraries and is the patron of Lakenheath Library in Suffolk. She teaches creative writing at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.