When a road traffic accident on a dark autumn night uncovers a disturbing conspiracy, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter’s investigation exposes a ruthless serial killer exploiting vulnerable young women.
With her enemies unmasked and her career spiralling out of control, Kay’s determination to seek vengeance for the victims brings her dangerously close to those who want to silence her.
Undeterred, she uncovers the real reason behind a plot to destroy her career and sets in motion a terrifying chain of events.
Could Kay’s need for revenge be her undoing, or will she survive to see justice served?
Sneak Peek Extract
Hell to Pay ~
Carys fished out a colour photograph of the vehicle. The image had been captured by one of the CCTV cameras in the town and provided the best view of the car. The one taken from the camera above the shop had been too blurred.
‘Have you seen this vehicle around here?’
The man took the photograph from her and peered through smeared glasses at it. His brow puckered.
‘I’m not sure,’ he said. ‘Is he local?’
‘That’s what we’re trying to find out,’ said Kay.
‘What’s he done, then?’
She smiled. ‘We wish to speak to him in relation to an ongoing investigation.’
The shopkeeper snorted and passed the photograph back. ‘Rehearsed that, did you?’
‘Do you know the owner of this vehicle or not?’
He shook his head. ‘Can’t help you, I’m afraid. I don’t really have time to watch the traffic go past.’
Kay glanced over her shoulder at the deserted shop and the dust covering the shelves nearest to her. ‘Right. Well, thanks for your time, Mr Higgins.’
She turned back towards the door.
‘You make sure you get those coppers out there to come back every day,’ the man called after. ‘Pain in the arse, those teenage kids.’
The front door burst open and she took a step back in surprise.
Parker entered the shop, slightly out of breath.
‘Sarge, we’ve located the driver’s house.’
Kay and Carys hurried after him as he crossed the road, heading towards one of the terrace houses on the opposite side of the street.
‘Who confirmed it?’ said Kay.
‘Elderly couple over at number twenty-two. The husband’s confined to a chair most of the day, so they tend to spend their time watching the street,’ he said. ‘They’ve seen the car parked outside number twenty-five a few times over the past couple of months.’
‘Renting or owners?’
‘They say renting – there was a sign put up a while back, and then the bloke moved in. They’ve seen a woman turn up a few times, but they don’t think she lives there. They thought she might have been having an affair with him, because of the way she used to check the street before knocking on the front door. She used to be careful leaving the house, too – the wife says she saw her peering out the front door once or twice before leaving, as if she was afraid of being seen.’
‘Interesting. Anyone in now?’
Parker shook his head. ‘Place looks empty. No-one answered when we knocked. Thought we’d get you there before we did anything else.’
They stopped on the pavement outside the house, the frontage separated from the street by a wooden fence that held a gate on rusting hinges.
‘All right. Let’s do this.’ Kay pulled out her phone from her bag and dialled Sharp’s number. ‘Guv? We’re going to need that search warrant.’
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