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Ruthless by Cath Staincliffe
  

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The third prequel in the Scott and Bailey Manchester-based police duo made famous by the TV series. The great thing about these being prequels is that they are completely stand-alone, just based on the characters who are instantly recognisable. This is a sad story of dislocated lives lived in fiscal and moral poverty. It involves drugs, illegal immigrants, teenagers being misled and teenagers being arrogant and obstructive. To say more would spoil a tight dual plot with strands that all come together eventually. It’s good.

If you like Cath Staincliffe you might also like to read books by Martina Cole, Neil White and Tess Gerristsen.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Staincliffe is among the most productive of crime writers, but that does not alter the fact that she is one of the most imaginative and consistent in the field. That’s very much the case with her latest Scott and Bailey novel, in which she develops Britain’s answer to female cop team Cagney and Lacey with impressive new levels of psychological depth, as the duo investigates the death of a man in an abandoned chapel that has been set on fire.
~ Barry Forshaw

Synopsis

Ruthless by Cath Staincliffe

A blaze at an abandoned chapel in impoverished Manorclough turns out to be more than just arson when the body of a man who has been shot twice is discovered in the ashes. For the Manchester Metropolitan police team it's the start of a gruelling and complex case that exposes the fractures and fault lines of a community living on the edge. DC Rachel Bailey, recently married, is trying to come to terms with her new status and deal with the fallout from her chaotic family. She throws herself into work but her compulsion to find answers and see justice done leads her into the deepest jeopardy. DC Janet Scott's world is shaken to its foundations when death comes far too close for comfort and she finds one of her daughters on the wrong side of a police investigation. DCI Gill Murray's ex Dave, a Chief Superintendent, crashes back into her life, out of control and bringing chaos in his wake. Gill attempts to get Dave to face the truth of his situation, and to stay the hell away from her, but things are about to get a whole lot worse. And then a second building goes up in flames...

Reviews

'Real people, real problems...Staincliffe writes brilliantly and compassionately about things that matter. Seriously good.'

-Literary Review

'Gritty, intelligent, humane and involving.'

-The Big Issue

'An intelligent and emotionally engaging moral workout.'

-The Daily Telegraph

'Has her finger on the pulse of her city and that rare ability to write about love, motherhood and friendship without sentimentality.'

- Val McDermid

About the Author

Cath Staincliffe

Cath Staincliffe was our Guest Editor in July 2013 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

Cath Staincliffe is an established novelist, radio playwright and the creator of ITV's hit series, Blue Murder, starring Caroline Quentin as DCI Janine Lewis. Cath’s books have been short-listed for the Crime Writers Association best first novel award and for the Dagger in the Library and selected as Le Masque de l’Année. Trio, a stand-alone novel moved away from crime to explore adoption and growing up in the 1960s, inspired by Cath’s own experience. Her latest book, The Kindest Thing, is a love story turned nightmare when a woman helps her husband die and is tried for murder. Cath lives in Manchester with her partner and their three children.

Author photo © Paul Herrmann

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Book Info

Publication date

9th October 2014

Author

Cath Staincliffe

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Publisher

Corgi Books an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9780552168878

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