The West Midlands police call upon a professor of investigative psychology—based, the author claims, on actual people—to help in an investigation.
When Dr. Megan Rhys gets a call from DS Leverton to provide a profile in a case of murdered prostitutes, she realizes he’s withholding information and using her in his off-the-record look at a bent vice officer. Forensic evidence proves that two men are involved in the brutal crimes, but Leverton uses only the part of the profiles that suit his purpose. Also getting low priority is a series of obscene letters to Megan’s friend, BTV reporter Delva Lobelo. Megan’s fears rise as she realizes that someone has been entering her house and leaving subtle threats. Separated from her husband, she’s still angered that many years before, she was raped by a friend of her brother-in-law Neil, who refused to believe him guilty. Neil, who may be having an affair, works at BTV. When another body is dumped there, Megan tries to convince Leverton that at least one of the suspects must work there as well. Frustrated by Levinson’s one-track approach, Megan receives investigative support and romantic interest from her graduate student, a Dutch policeman who saves her life when the killer makes a visit to her Welsh vacation cottage.
The intriguing heroine’s complicated debut can be hard to follow but is well worth the effort.