Author: Lesley Horton
Publisher: Orion Books, 2007
Paperback, 288 pages
Genre: Police Procedural, #5 Handford and Ali mystery
Source: Purchased from Bookcloseouts.
First Line: If anyone had asked her, she could have explained why she wasn't afraid.
After several years on the job, John Handford and Khalid Ali have turned into two of the best investigators on the force. But nothing remains the same. Both men have been promoted, and the new Detective Chief Inspector Handford and Detective Inspector Ali are working on separate cases. Although Handford is more than happy with his new boss, he feels untethered because his wife has accepted a teaching position in the United States, and he very much misses having her loving and level-headed presence in his life.
Handford is trying to find a young woman who's vanished without a trace, and Ali is tracking the killer of a 96-year old woman who was murdered in her own home. The two cases seem to have nothing in common, but the more the two men dig, the more the investigations seem to converge. Philandering husbands, insurance scams, an ex-con set on revenge... Horton's plotting is diabolical, and the only person who can deal with it is the multi-layered character of DCI John Handford.
It's not necessary to read the other books in this series before opening this book, but with such excellent plotting and characterization, I'd hate to see you deny yourself the pleasure of reading the entire series. It's one of my favorites.