My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Time taken to read - 2 days
Blurb From Goodreads
Summoned to meet his boss, rebellious Detective Johnny Mann expects to be told that he is being demoted. Instead he is ordered to lead the investigation into the kidnapping of Amy Tang - the illegitimate daughter of a major player in the skin trade, CK Leung. Mann is reluctant to help - he has crossed paths with CK before- but he has no choice. Nine-year-old Amy is the third child to be kidnapped and held for a vast sum of money, but while the other two children were released after the vast ransom was paid, Amy is still being held captive. Mann's investigation takes him to London, where he teams up with DC Becky Stamp. Within days of his arrival, an arson attack kills twelve women and children. The charred bodies of the victims are found chained to their beds - their injuries rendering them identifiable! What is the link between the kidnapping of Amy in Hong Kong and the deaths of these women and children and can Mann discover the truth before it's too late.
A young girl goes missing from school, kidnapped and she isn't the first. The difference this time is she is the daughter of CK Leung, head of the Triads. Children have been going missing from different countries and being sold into sex trafficking business, could this be what has happened to Amy or is there something more. Detective Johnny Mann is pulled from vacation to investigate and is soon caught up in a dangerous tangle of lies, deceit and murder.
I do love Lee Weeks books however they do get under your skin and usually leave you pondering on them long after your finished, this book is one of them. Because it involves children being abused and sold for sex (and as usual she paints a pretty graphic picture) it is a bit harder to stay with it, not because it isn't engaging or full on but more because you can picture exactly what is happening.
Detective Mann is his same trade mark character we seen in the first book but we also have insight into why he is the way he is and see his character in a different light. The story is engaging, good paced, filled with drama (and some hardcore scenes that may offend or upset people not used to her work or even those who are because children are involved). The chapters vary in length but all are fairly short which I find helped race through the book. Another good read, 4/5 for me.
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