A well-dressed couple claim to be social workers responding to abuse allegations and pressure Brenda Scupham into allowing them to take her seven-year-old daughter, Gemma, into protective care. When they fail to return, Brenda realizes her catastrophic mistake, and soon Chief Inspector Alan Banks is on the case. As days pass, Banks and his colleague Detective Superintendent Gristhorpe begin to lose hope, but then a body is found in the ruins of a nearby lead mine, and the two cases begin to connect in a chilling, horrifying way. Sixth in the critically acclaimed Inspector Banks Mystery Series.
Peter Robinson is a Canadian crime writer born in Britain. He is best known for his crime novels set in Yorkshire featuring Inspector Alan Banks. Books from the Inspector Banks Mystery Series have been translated into more than fifteen languages; Past Reason Hated won the 1991 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel and Wednesday’s Child was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Robinson currently divides his time between North America and the UK.