Robert Scragg

What Falls Between the Cracks

"...a cracking debut which pulses with suspense."



When a severed hand is found in an abandoned London flat, Detective Inspector Jake Porter and his partner Detective Sergeant Nick Styles are able to DNA match the limb to the owner, Natasha Barclay, who has not been seen in decades. But why has no one been looking for her?

Delving into the details behind her disappearance and discovering links to another investigation, a tragic family history begins to take on a darker twist. Natasha's nearest and dearest are the people who can least be trusted.

Hampered by a widespread fear of a local heavy, as well as internal politics and possible corruption within the force, Porter and Styles are digging for answers, but will what they find ever see the light of day?

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Scragg's fine debut had me gripped throughout. The plot wends and weaves its way throughout the novel and just when I thought I had something worked out, there was a new revelation which altered everything. The characters were all drawn with great skill and the interplay between Porter and Styles was beautiful to observe. The prose was tight without being terse and the whole book swept me along with its effortless pace. All in all, 'What Falls Between the Cracks' is a cracking debut which pulses with suspense.

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