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‘Lorraine Mace has done it again. Crime fiction at its absolute finest’ MARION TODD

‘What an opening! Lorraine certainly knows how to write a gripping thriller. A chilling read’ KAREN KING

IF HE WANTS YOU . . . THERE’S NO ESCAPE.

A brutal murder . . .

Responding to a tip-off, newly promoted Detective Chief Inspector Paolo Sterling arrives at an apartment block to find the dismembered body of a young woman. And with no indication of a break-in, all signs suggest the killer was known to her.

An abduction in plain sight . . .
Then the victim’s friend is snatched with no witnesses and the unanswered questions mount up.

At the same time, Sterling’s team are leading the surveillance of a local club, thought to be involved in a drug operation. But when one of his colleagues ends up in hospital close to death, Paolo begins to lose his grip.

A detective on the edge . . .
With the odds stacked against him, and time running out, can DCI Sterling uncover the truth before it’s too late? Or will this case finally tip him over the edge?

Lorraine Mace returns with the fifth instalment in her dark, gritty and unflinching DI Sterling series. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, M. J. Arlidge and Karin Slaughter.

LOVE FOR LORRAINE MACE’S WRITING:

‘I. Am. Not. Okay. That ending – mind blown!!!! Rage and Retribution deserves ALL the stars! It is AMAZING!‘ 5* Reader Review

Wow, just wow is all I can say. The whole series is just too good to miss.’ 5* Reader Review

‘I am an absolutely massive fan of this series . . . the books are just getting better and better’ 5* Reader Review

‘I am blown away by this story and LOVE everything about it. I cannot wait for the next instalment.’ 5* Reader Review

OMG! That opening scene‘ 5* Reader Review

I could not put my kindle down while reading this!’ 5* Reader Review

Reviews

Her assured and fluid writing style truly brings characters and scenes to life on the page
Rachel Abbott
Gritty, topical, sometimes lacerating, but always enthralling. A truly compulsive read
Abbie Frost
D.I. Paolo Sterling is instantly engaging - Children in Chains is a dark, gripping and unflinching read
Louise Phillips, winner of the Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year
Gripping, fast-paced
Sheila Bugler, Hunting Shadows
Delve into the dark side. Well-constructed with unflinching plots. Satisfying enough for the most discerning crime reader.
Ruth Dugdall
Fast-paced and compulsive reading with tension ratcheted to the max. D.I. Paolo Sterling's humanity is tested by gut-wrenching crimes and damaged killers.
Chris Curran
A visceral, no-punches-pulled, gut-wrenching thriller... Crime Noir at its darkest
Caroline Dunford
From page one the reader is parachuted into the epicentre of calculated, sinister murder. The pace is unrelenting as Mace presses on, hot on the heels of the enigmatic Pretender
Anna Legat, author of Sandman