Available July 10, 2018
Detective Chief Inspector Elaine Hope still bears the physical and emotional scars of the devastating assault that nearly ended her life nine months ago. Now, she wants two things: to salvage a police career in tatters, and payback. But who is the ultimate culprit? The capo of the Srecko crime family, who tried to kill her? A traitor within the London Metropolitan Police, who failed to send backup?
Put on desk duty while she continues to recover, Elaine continues her rogue investigation in secret. She keeps a crime chart on her bedroom wall, schedules clandestine meetings, and tracks suspects.
Given her mounting paranoia, is Elaine becoming delusional? Is she now a danger to herself and others? Has her erratic behaviour driven Peter, her lover, away from her for good?
She grasps at straws In an effort to save her career—and her sanity. Her superior officer at the Met gives her one last chance to save her job. She must uncover corruption within a murder investigation team. As she finds reason to doubt her superior’s motives, Elaine moves ever closer to the edge. To succeed in the case, she must look deeply into her own heart of darkness and decide who she really is, and where her future lies, if she has one.
Meet Detective Chief Inspector Elaine Hope of the London Metropolitan Police—
Elaine’s a slender six feet tall, with long legs, a husky voice, and amazing brown eyes. She can be intimidating and aggressive, especially to fools and villains unlucky enough to cross her path.
She’s pushed away a guy who’s fallen in love with her, although there’s something about him that makes her pause. He’s complex and confident, with awesome shoulders and a smooth Texas accent. Perhaps when she has time, she’ll follow up with him.
Or not. Nothing can get in the way of her job. Elaine knows she was born to be a detective, born to strip away lies and deceit, born to bring killers to justice. She’s a woman who charts her own course, who recognizes deep connections and hidden paths others don’t see.
Sometimes those paths lead her to very dark places.
Smart, strong, and determined, she doesn’t give up, won’t back down, and mustn’t be underestimated. We could all use a bit more Hope in our lives.
-Jon Jefferson, NYT bestselling author of the Jefferson Bass Body Farm mystery series