A fast-paced serial killer thriller for fans of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO that follows a trail of blood and ink and cut skin through the streets of Brighton
A man lies bleeding and unconscious. The Tanner peels off his victim's bloody t-shirt and takes out a set of expensive Japanese flaying blades...
Tattoo artist Marni Mullins has lived a life and it's written on her skin in blue and black ink. Divorced from Thierry Mullins, she lives and works in Brighton, where she feels happy and safe. Until the moment she discovers a dead body in a dumpster behind the Pavilion. Marni has reasons to be fearful of the police. She doesn't want to get involved and hopes that an anonymous call to tell them of the body will be enough.
Newly-promoted Detective Inspector Francis Sullivan is assigned to the job. He's not the usual cynical, drink-addled divorcee-he's young, fiercely ambitious and he goes to church every Sunday. But it's his first case and his new team doesn't reckon he's got what it takes.
The two of them form an unlikely partnership that has a chemistry all of its own. Can they catch a killer who is wielding a curved blade through the work of the top tattoo artists in the world? Marni knows their work like the back of her hand so she knows which artist might be next on the Tanner's list. But will she be the final victim?
(p) Orion Publishing Group 2018