The last time Maureen O’Donnell saw Ann Harris, she was in the Glasgow Women’s Shelter smelling of a long binge on cheap drink. A month later Ann’s mutilated body, stitched into a mattress, is washed up on the banks of the Thames. No one, except for Maureen and her best friend, Leslie, seems to care about what has happened to her, and Maureen is the only person who thinks Ann’s husband is innocent.In the long tradition of Scots in trouble, Maureen runs away to London. Looking for answers to the mystery surrounding Ann’s death, she becomes embroiled in a seedy world of deceit and violence. Alone in a strange city, Maureen starts to piece together Ann’s final days. But time is not on her side, and Maureen needs just twelve hours, just twelve, to put things right, and she doesn’t care what it costs.