How far would you go to protect your past?
How much further to protect someone else's?
1976, a thirteen-year-old girl is held hostage in a wealthy Edinburgh townhouse
while she gives birth. Handcuffed to a bed, the girl is rewarded with a lethal
injection from the midwife and the baby abducted.
28 years later, when top-ranking lawyer Lord Arbuthnot is murdered outside an infamous gay haunt, his alleged killer is named as notorious dominatrix Kailash Coutts. Within minutes of her arrest, she demands the services of Brodie McLennan, rising star of the Scottish bar, who is bewildered by this request, due to the animosity between herself and Kailash from an earlier clash in court.
As the case progresses, Brodie cannot understand why her court appearances are watched over by Moses Tierney, enigmatic leader of the infamous Dark Angels.
She is dismissive when she is warned by journalist Jack Deans that darker forces than Kailash are involved in Arbuthnot's murder. However, when Brodie is attacked, and receives a chilling photograph dredging up memories of murders past, she realises that there is much, much more going on than she has even begun to realise.
She needs real protection, so turns for help to Glasgow Joe, a dear friend with a murky past.
It seems a serial killer is on the loose and Brodie is next on the list…
Grace Monroe is the writing team of Maria Thomson and Linda Watson-Brown.
Maria Thomson draws on extensive legal experience from her earlier career as a lawyer for this legal thriller. Maria now lives with her husband and four children in the highlands of Scotland in a beautiful area made famous by the TV series Monarch of the Glen. Read our Maria Thomson interview.
Linda Watson-Brown worked and taught in the fields of obstetrics and politics for many years, before moving into journalism. Linda lives in a rural part of Scotland with her partner and three children in a farmstead which they have recently renovated. Read our Linda Watson-Brown interview