When a frightened Russian woman seeks DCI Hanlon's help in finding her missing husband, Hanlon's not keen on the case. Until she hears a name she recognises only too well: Arkady Belanov, sadistic pimp and owner of an exclusive brothel in Oxford is involved.
When her former partner and friend disappears, Hanlon is forced into an uneasy alliance with the London underworld to rescue him from the blood-stained hands of the Russian mafia.
Hanlon has been relocated to preserve her career, as she is a 'take action' kind of woman which is why we love her, but her bosses are not so keen, although Corrigan has always been on her side which is why she's now in Slough listening to a Russian woman talk about her missing (presumed dead) husband. Hanlon is not at all interested until she hears the magic words ' Arkady Belanov ' and then she is all ears.
What follows is simply brilliant, vengeance on all (well most) of Hanlon's enemies, but I do admit that this leaves me worried about the future of this series. I sincerely hope that there will be more Hanlon books for me to obsess over.
Oh, and by the way, Adjoa Andoh narrates this marvellously, get it now, you will not regret it, unless you are new to DI Hanlon in which case you might want to start at book 1 because that is also brilliant, and will give you an idea of what is going on, although this book could be listened to as a standalone it will be much better enjoyed as part of the series.