A DI Andy Horton Mystery
Horton's investigations into his mother's disappearance and the arrival of a former girl friend complicate a complex murder investigation for the troubled detective, DI Andy Horton in A Killing Coast, number seven in the DI Andy Horton series of police procedural mysteries.
A KILLING COAST opens with Horton at Lee-on-the-Solent on the south coast of England where he is visiting the former copper, PC Adrian Stanley, who was detailed to cursorily investigate Andy's mother, Jennifer's, disappearance thirty years ago. Can Stanley tell Horton more about what happened to Jennifer on that foggy November day when she left their council flat in a tower block in inner city Portsmouth and abandoned her ten year old son to the mercies of social services, and a succession of children's' homes and foster parents?
Then a body is found floating in the sea off Portsmouth harbour. Horton initially judges it to be an accidental death. Soon though, to his dismay, he discovers he’s got it very wrong. Accused of being incompetent by his boss, and with the head of the Major Crime Team coming down heavily on him, Horton wonders if he’s allowed his ongoing investigation into the disappearance of his mother over thirty years ago to cloud his judgement. With no clear motive for the murder, Horton is sucked into a baffling investigation that he is determined to resolve despite the odds. Not only does he need to find a brutal killer, but Horton now has to prove to himself, and others, that he is still up to the job.
'Multilayered, twisted, and complex...a surprising conclusion and a satisfying read.' Booklist