A Child's Game
By John Connor
They sent her undercover. Now she doesn't want to come back.
A gritty and powerful thriller featuring Yorkshire-based DC Karen Sharpe.
Friday 31 December, 1999. In the early hours of the morning in a luxury central Leeds penthouse, intruders douse a terrified victim with petrol, set him alight and throw him burning from the ninth floor roof garden. DS Pete Bains is on night duty with CID when the call comes in. The body is quickly identified as Nicholas Hanley, a wealthy property developer, but Bains' attempts to pull together an enquiry stall when he cannot locate Hanley's lover, Anna Hart. Unknown to Bains, Hart and her daughter are less than five miles away, kidnapped at gunpoint and struggling to stay alive.
Meanwhile, the security services are looking for DC Karen Sharpe. Eighteen months ago she walked out on Bains without a word of explanation. Now she has disappeared for real. What Sharpe has been doing not only connects her to Hanley's death, but has placed her at the disposal of men for whom human life means nothing. The danger is greater than anything she has faced before. If she cannot pull her shattered personality together, the last day of the millennium will be the last day of her life.
John Connor left his job as a barrister to write full time. During the fifteen years of his legal career he prosecuted numerous homicide cases in West Yorkshire and London. He advised the police in numerous proactive drugs and organised crime operations, many involving covert activity. He now lives in Brussels with his wife and two children.
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11 Apr 2019
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It'll be a rare reader able to put A CHILD'S GAME down after a chapter or so — Barry Forshaw, The Express
A beguiling complex character, perfectly suit to [Connor's] taut thrillers — The Mirror
Connor's inside knowledge of the judicial system coupled with his gritty, fast-paced narrative and believable characters make for an edgy and down-right modern crime series which deserves to be a classic of the genre. — Bradford Telegraph & Argus
A riveting tale with a thrilling climax — Yorkshire Post
From the horrifying defenestration in the opening pages to the ultra-violent denouement, Leeds-based barrister John Connor drives his complex tale of secrecy and betrayal along at a cracking pace. Not for the faint-hearted but highly recommended — Irish Independent