By Kevin Brooks

PI John Craine is suffering to deal with the burden of his earlier. 16 years in the past his spouse, Stacy, used to be brutally murdered. Craine discovered her physique of their mattress. and because then, to flee the ache and the unanswered questions, he has buried himself in paintings by way of day, and whisky through evening. yet one telephone name adjustments every thing. the mum of lacking younger girl Anna Gerrish calls on his companies, and Craine quickly reveals himself on the centre of a sinister net of corruption and lies that leads again into the murky waters of the previous - and to the evening that Craine has spent over a decade attempting to put out of your mind. As he delves deeper and deeper into the case every little thing will get more and more, terrifyingly, own. And it's all the way down to Craine to prevent background from repeating itself...

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Convinced, of course,’ she acknowledged, somewhat too forcefully. ‘He’s as eager to locate Anna as i'm. ’ Yeah? i assumed. So how come he’s now not right here? ‘All right,’ I acknowledged, elimination a writing pad from the table drawer. ‘Let me take a couple of simple information first, after which we’ll see approximately getting a freelance drawn up. Is that okay? ’ She smiled, the 1st actual smile I’d noticeable from her, and reached into her purse. ‘This is the latest photo i've got of Anna,’ she acknowledged, passing me a 6" x four" color print. ‘It was once taken a couple of yr in the past. you possibly bring it to mind from the newspaper studies. ’ i presumed it a bit atypical that she simply occurred to have a photograph of Anna in her purse, although she claimed that she was once basically on the town to perform a little purchasing … yet I enable that cross and focused on learning the picture. Helen was once correct, I did bring it to mind from the newspaper stories. It was once a posed photo, a head-and-shoulders shot, and it seemed as though it’d been taken in a studio. Anna was once attempting to glance sultry and mysterious – her head became demurely over her shoulder, all pouting lips and come-to-bed eyes – and she or he looked to be reclining on a purple leather-based divan. there has been not anything unprofessional or overly cheesy concerning the photo, it used to be easily that the meant influence simply didn’t paintings. Anna was once attempting too challenging, for a commence, and even supposing she was once quite beautiful – almond eyes, lengthy black hair, a pleasant face, lovely mouth – there has been whatever approximately her, whatever indefinable, that robbed her of any attract. She regarded hole to me. Haunted. Used up. ‘She used to be a model,’ Mrs Gerrish stated proudly. ‘Well … she hoped to be a version. It’s what she consistently dreamed of. ’ I nodded. ‘She didn’t make her dwelling from it, then? ’ ‘No … it’s a really not easy enterprise to wreck into. And, after all, you should be certain sacrifices if you’re quite decided to make it. ’ ‘What form of sacrifices? ’ ‘Modelling is the type of paintings that calls for you to be to be had for all time, simply in case whatever unexpectedly turns up. So Anna used to be perpetually turning down first-class task possibilities simply because she didn’t are looking to tie herself down. ’ ‘I see … so the place was once she operating whilst she disappeared? ’ Mrs Gerrish hesitated. ‘Well, it used to be just a transitority submit, a part-time catering place …’ I checked out her, my pen soaring over the pad. ‘I desire the main points, Mrs Gerrish. ’ ‘The Wyvern,’ she acknowledged quietly. ‘It’s a cafe …’ I knew The Wyvern, and that i knew that it wasn’t a cafe. It was once a pub. And a shit-hole pub at that. the one menu you have been more likely to be provided on the Wyvern used to be a menu of sophistication a medicine. ‘I don’t understand the handle, I’m afraid,’ Mrs Gerrish stated. ‘But it’s –’ ‘It’s all right,’ I advised her. ‘I understand the place it truly is. used to be Anna residing at domestic? ’ ‘No, she has her personal little flat down close to the docks. do you need the handle? ’ ‘Please. ’ She gave me the handle and that i wrote it down. I acknowledged, ‘Is it a rented flat? ’ ‘Yes. ’ ‘What’s taking place with it in the interim? Is Anna’s stuff nonetheless there? ’ Helen nodded. ‘The hire was once due final week … we’ve paid it up for one more month.

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