What is the truth worth when hope is already dead?
The holy trinity of tragedy
A girl balances on the edge of a high bridge over a canal with her newborn in her arms. A homeless teenage boy is discovered on an industrial estate, the victim of a brutal beating. The detective who found him is shot and left for dead.
A girl with no future. A boy with no past. An investigation with no leads.
When a combination of old and new evidence links the girl on the bridge and the boy found badly beaten, DI Mike Stone is forced to ask disturbing questions regarding coincidences he can’t ignore. The personal relationship linking pathologist Dr Reg Walters to the boy threatens to complicate the case.
Organised crime and Police corruption. A deadly combination.
DI Stone and his team face an emotionally charged case where the line between victim and suspect becomes blurred. Will the pursuit of truth and justice be burnt by the flames of revenge? Or will the loss of innocence and the sacrifice of hope turn the world darker than it’s ever been before?
"The central, tragic love story is by turns heartbreaking, shocking and deeply touching. Told partly in the present, and partly in flashback to earlier events in the lives of a teenage couple who are vulnerable, streetwise, in love, and in terrible danger from a human trafficking gang."
"Colin Ward has created a compelling and credible DI in Mike Stone. A hard-bitten but intelligent detective who knows who his friends are, as well as his enemies. As gripping and compelling a read as you are likely to find from any up and coming new writer. It gets top marks for my money."
"So shocking and brutal in content, I love the gentleness and warmth of the thread of innocent teenage love weaving its way through the violence. Touches of humour between Detective Mike Stone and sgt. Pearson give a lightness to this dark tale, a necessary read in today’s society.
So thought provoking, could not put it down until that final line of truth."