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By Val McDermid

Kate Brannigan is having a foul weekend, her boyfriend's dying realize is within the newspaper, her plans to seize a crew of heartless fraudsters are in disarray, and a Celtic neo-punk band wish her to rescue them from saboteurs. as though that won't sufficient, Kate's company companion desires her to shop for him out so he can to migrate to Australia, and personal Eyes with rules by no means have that sort of money. Kate cannot even cry on her most sensible friend's shoulder, for Alexis has concerns of her personal. Confronting betrayal and greed, Kate fights to avoid wasting her livelihood and her existence.

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