A taut and ambitious police procedural debut introducing Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler, a cold case reviewer who lands a high-profile murder investigation only to find the main suspect is a recent one-night stand…
When financier Gerald Cartwright disappeared from his home six years ago, it was assumed he’d gone on the run from his creditors. When a skeleton is found bricked up in the cellar of Cartwright’s mansion, it becomes clear Gerald never left alive.
As the sole representative of South Yorkshire’s Cold Case Review Unit, Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler is not expected to get results, but he knows this is the case that might finally kick-start his floundering career. Luckily, he already has a suspect. Unluckily, that suspect is Cartwright’s son, the man Tyler slept with the night before. To further complicate matters, tied up in his investigation are an elderly woman with dementia who’s receiving mysterious threats referencing a past she can’t remember, and an ambitious young Muslim constable seeking to prove herself on a force of good old boys.
Someone in the city knows exactly what happened to Gerald. Someone who is watching from the shadows. Someone with an unhealthy affinity with fire…
“Firewatching is a UK cop novel with a pitch-perfect blend of the best of the old and the best of the new - all the traditional strengths and charms are here, with a fresh and relevant 21st-century edge. I loved it.”
- Lee Child
"Intelligent, pacy and compelling. It's everything you could want from a crime novel."
- Sarah Ward