"Reads like a slap in the face - and a kick in the ribs and a fist in the stomach...like its powerful predecessor, GARNETHILL." NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW The last time that Maureen O'Donnell saw Ann Harris she was nursing a couple of broken ribs and reeking of alcohol at the women's shelter. Now Ann has turned up dead hundreds of miles away, in London. Eager to escape some family difficulties of her own, Maureen travels to London to determine the circumstances of Ann's brutal death. In the seedy underworld of criminal exiles and dangerous drug lords, Maureen tries to piece together the horror of Ann's last days - and to save herself from a similarly ugly fate. The suspense ratchets up, as with visceral shock and grim wit Denise Mina secures her place among the top-ranking writers of crime fiction today.