The crime of rape calls out for vengeance, but when the accused is a police officer, the outcry and penalty are worse . . . Part of Frances Fyfield's stunning newly released digital backlist.
Prosecutor Helen West views the whole subject with a jaundiced eye. In this case, she doesn't even like the officer accused, the volatile and compulsively unfaithful DS Ryan, friend of her lover, Superintendent Bailey. Ryan maintains a stubborn silence in the face of the charge but when the physical evidence against him proves to be unusually strong, West and Bailey assume his guilt.
Until slowly, preoccupied as they are with their own loves and loyalties, a different suspect begins to emerge. A man who knows the law and how to avoid it. A man who believes that there is no such thing as rape when the victim welcomes him. And there is no legal formula to deal with someone who brings chocolates and flowers, leaves without a trace, corrupts the witness with her own shame and learns to kill with impunity . . .
Her knowledge of the workings of the human mind - or more correctly the soul - is second to none - Ian Rankin
Undiluted brilliance - The Times
Fyfield's writing is always elegant and precise, her characters are finely drawn - Sunday Telegraph
Fyfield at her best is compelling, disturbing, but always elegant - Minette Walters
Frances Fyfield has spent much of her professional life practising as a criminal lawyer, work which has informed her highly acclaimed crime novels. She has been the recipient of both the Gold and Silver Crime Writers' Association Daggers. She is also a regular broadcaster on Radio 4, most recently as the presenter of the series 'Tales from the Stave'. She lives in London and in Deal, overlooking the sea which is her passion.