This is the first Sal Kilkenny mystery, which was nominated for the CWA Best Debut Novel and was serialised on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.
She's a single parent. A private eye. And liking it. Until, that is, Mrs Hobbs turns up asking Sal Kilkenny to find her missing son.Sal's search takes her through the Manchester underworld, a wasteland of deprivation and petty theft, of well-heeled organised crime and, ultimately, murder. Would she have taken the job on if she had known what she was getting herself into?
Actually, yes. Sal is on fire with a desire to see justice done and to avenge the death of a young lad whose only crime was knowing too much...
This is the first Sal Kilkenny mystery, serialised on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.
Praise for Cath Staincliffe:
'A book about courage and compromise, about how sometimes it's kinder and braver to lie.Stunning.'
'Modest, compassionate... a solid ingenious plotter with a sharp eye for domestic detail'Literary Review
'Complex and satisfying' The Sunday Times
'about as good as the British private eye novel gets' Time Out
'It's always exciting to see a writer get better and better, and Cath Staincliffe is doing just that'Val McDermid
'an engrossing read'Sunday Telegraph
Struggling single mother Sal Kilkenny is compassionate, gutsy, bright enough to know when it's clever to be scared and tenacious as a Rottweiler. Cath Staincliffe's tour of the mean streets and leafy suburbs of Manchester reveals the city as the natural successor to Marlowe's Los Angeles. With a cast of characters drawn from the gutter to the high ranks of business and officialdom, she probes the city's underbelly in an exciting tale of corruption, exploitation and brutality.
Remarkable for its keen sense of actuality...and warmed by its affection for family and friends. Compassionate, exciting, and down-to-earth. Infused also with that rare and precious ingredient: true feeling. - Literary Review
Sal Kilkenny manages a fine juggling act with a horribly messy case and a hectic home life.
Cath Staincliffe was brought up in Bradford and went to university in Birmingham, after which she moved to Manchester. She started writing whilst on maternity leave with her first child, attending writers' workshops and publishing poetry and short stories in anthologies. Looking for Trouble, published by the Manchester publisher Crocus, was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Award for Best First Novel and serialised on BBC Radio Four's Woman's Hour.