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The body of a member of a Community Watch scheme is found hanging in the children's playground. Suspicion falls on the chairman of the scheme, who has killed before, but DS Reid is convinced of his innocence.
A heavy gambler is murdered at a greyhound track just before his dog came in. DI Ross soon establishes that the race was fixed, but then the bookie's son is killed in the same way. Ross's suspects include the gambler's ex-wife, an ex-lover, the bookie and the trainer.
A debut crime novel gives a detailed description of a murder which is identical to that of an unsolved case, and the team suspect that the novelist was involved in the crime, launching an investigation. Burke becomes convinced that the writer is the killer, but is exasperated as vital evidence seems always to be beyond his grasp. So begins a cat-and-mouse game between killer and detective, as Burke becomes determined to not let the alleged murderer get away with the crime.moreless