The shocking conclusion of Elizabeth George's previous bestseller, WITH NO ONE AS WITNESS, saw the wife of New Scotland Yard's Thomas Lynley gunned down in the street outside her home. Under arrest for the crime is a twelve-year-old boy, Joel Campbell. What possible motive could he have? What chain of events could have led such a child from the housing estates of North Kensington to the elegant streets of Belgravia with such deadly intent? The answer to these questions is a complex mixture of fate and circumstance. Abandoned (albeit involuntarily) by his parents, Joel and two siblings are dumped on the doorstep of his aunt's house. Kendra, childless and with two marriages behind her, is doing her best to turn her life around; responsibility for three troubled children is not what she had in mind. Drugs, neglect, violence and poverty are commonplace in North Kensington. Joel does his best to look out for his family, but that involves a Faustian pact. And the Devil will have his pay.
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A very powerful novel (Kate Mosse)
Why haven't I read Elizabeth George before? She's brilliant (Sue Arnold Guardian)
Absolutely remarkable (Boyd Hilton BBC Radio FiveLive)
Ms George is the connoisseur's crime writer (Sunday Express)
Elizabeth George takes a brave descent into the world of gangs and teenage murderers . . . the novel shows how even the best of intentions can be defeated by poverty, bad breaks and bad guys. (Daily Express)
Why haven't I read Elizabeth George before? Maybe because someone told me she was a serious crime writer, and I listen to thrillers to escape, not to think. All this will change; she's brilliant (Sue Arnold, Guardian)
George's best since her 1998 debut. Read it and weep. (Kirkus Reviews)
Absolutely remarkable and a great achievement (Boyd Hilton on BBC Radio FiveLive)
A very powerful novel. (Kate Mosse)
It shifts the way you look at things - I was completely drawn into this world I knew nothing about and I'm full of admiration (Sarah Harrison)
No. 1 bestselling crime author shocks with the story of a twelve-year-old boy's descent to murder.
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