Awards: Shortlisted CWA Gold Dagger Award 2001, UK; Shortlisted Grand Prix des Lectrices dElle 2001, France
Acid Row. The name the beleaguered inhabitants give to their sink estate. A no-mans land of single mothers and fatherless children- where angry, alienated youth controls the streets. Into this battlefield comes Sophie Morrison, a young doctor visiting a patient in Acid Row. little does she know that she is entering the home of a known paedophile...and with reports circulating that a tormented child called Amy has disappeared, the vigilantes are out in force... Soon Sophie is trapped at the centre of a terrifying siege, with a man she has come to despise. Whipped to a frenzy by unsubstantiated rumour, the mob unleashes its hatred. Against authority...the law...and the pervert. Protecting Amy becomes the catch-all defence for the terrible events that follow. And if murder is part of it, then so be it. But is Amy really missing?...
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