"This is a raw, and in some places, sexually explicit book..."
The body of fourteen year-old Melanie Cooke, bruised and strangled, is found in Bristol's red-light district. She had told her mum she was going to meet a school friend, but the clothes she chose tells a different story. DI Vogel is put in charge of the investigation, aided by DS John Willis and DC Dawn Saslow. The prime suspect is Melanie's father, and he is arrested when his DNA is discovered beneath her fingernails.
But Vogel is uneasy. It is all too simple. Why would a man who obviously doted on his daughter murder her? And why was she inappropriately dressed in a red light district in the first place? Then three other suspects emerge, simply called Saul, Leo and Al. As Vogel digs deeper about them, more questions keep cropping up. Are the three suspects all that they seem? Who exactly are they? And most importantly, which one, if any, is the most likely to have carried out the murder?