Chief Constable Threadgold wants to go out with distinction. Thirty years on the job, he reopens a cold case that sent shivers through the community. He wants it closed and he wants it closed with all ends neatly dovetailed and a murder suspect taken into custody with a lot of publicity.
Things never go according to plan. Oonagh O'Neil smells something very rotten with the case. Three woman brutally murdered, the present suspect mentally disabled by her treatment both by omission and commission in the state sector, so many anomalies in the case, police procedure not followed, so much of missing evidence, a cold wall comes up whenever the case is mentioned amongst the force and now with pieces of the jigsaw puzzle appearing, piece by piece Oonagh is also confronted with her present witnesses being slowly eliminated.
She is however not one to give up and even though she knows she will be the next target she is determined to see that justice is done for the innocent young lives which were lost in this tragic story.
Bringing up very unsavoury facts in the health sector as well as in the medical laboratories of the time it is not a very pleasant unfolding of facts. The story holds you in its thrall because these things did happen, probably still happening and no one is the wiser.
A series of which I have only read one, I will be looking out for Oonagh O'Neil in the future.
Sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Aria.