A murder investigation…and Joe Rafferty’s already got trouble in spades.
His first case in charge looks like being his last. Because he suspects that the case of the ‘Faceless Lady’ is a poisoned chalice. Gifted by his new boss, who is only waiting for Rafferty to fail, to put the boot in.
When even his ma adds seems to add to the kicking…Does she really expect him to supply a Get Out of Jail Free card for his cousin, Jailhouse Jack? When what his cousin needs is a miracle.
And Jack’s not the only one. Rafferty’s boss looks hand-rubbing ready in anticipation of his failure. If he’s got some detective favourite ready to slot into his space, the case of the ‘Faceless Lady’ looks likely to be the one to do it. His ma’s little problem just adds the cherry on the top.
All he can do is grit his teeth and hope for a lucky break. But when he gets it, it’s from such an unlikely source that he suspects the fates are having a laugh at his expense. But it’s the only clue he’s got, so he has to follow it up.
Will he end up with egg on his face? Or solve the murder against all the odds? Rafferty wishes he knew. The only thing he’s sure of is that his boss won’t hesitate to get rid of him if he drops the ball. Determined to deprive him of that satisfaction, he goes with his gut-instinct, but keeps his fingers crossed all the way.