DI Gus Freeman retired three years ago. His old boss now wants him to head up a Crime Review Team investigating cold cases. Gus returns to study old witness statements and to unearth fresh clues. You can’t keep a great thief-taker down . . . The hunt is on.
Gus Freeman has spent the past three years alone. Freeman’s wife, Tess, died from a brain aneurysm six months to the day after his retirement. Gus is still coming to terms with his enforced solitary existence. In their first case, the team try to discover who murdered Daphne Tolliver while walking her dog in the local woods.
The newly-formed Crime Review Team is investigating cold cases that defied their colleagues. Austerity cuts mean that Gus Freeman only has a team of three to assist him:
DS Alex Hardy, a pursuit motorcyclist, currently using a wheelchair as he recovers from a high-speed accident.
DS Neil Davis, a bright young detective, whose family members have served in the Wiltshire force for generations.
Lydia Logan Barre, a forensic psychologist graduate who is attractive, outspoken and fiercely competitive.
Barmaid, Trudi Villiers, was brutally murdered as she walked home in the early hours. “She may have had a string of lovers, but she was someone’s daughter. We must find her killer.”
Gus Freeman’s Crime Review Team has two successful cold case investigations behind them. Will it be third time lucky? The victim’s profession might make it hard to find someone to talk. Laura Mallinder worked at “Gentle Touch,” a massage parlor in Swindon. Her boss, Maggie Monk, discovered Laura’s body. The twenty-seven-year-old masseuse sustained fatal stab wounds to her back.