How do you find a missing child when his mother doesn’t believe you have the right to even exist? When Detective Inspector Roger Bailley returns to work as Robyn, all she wants is to get on with the job she loves while finally being herself. When three-year-old Ben Chivers is snatched from a shopping centre on her first day back at work, Robyn has to find Ben – and herself – as she deals with the reactions of her police colleagues, the media and her own daughter.
‘An ambitious and gripping novel. Alex Clare has created a contemporary and relevant heroine in DI Robyn Bailley… confidently revealing a taut and engrossing mystery.’ – Alice Clark-Platts, author of Bitter Fruits
‘A very accomplished debut. Clare has tackled a powerful subject and has managed to skilfully weave it into a gripping mystery that kept me turning the pages well into the night.’ – Heidi Perks, author of Beneath the Surface
‘Alex Clare’s debut crime novel, examines the challenges of gender dysphoria in an enlightened way, showing the difficulties for the transgender community through a protagonist under scrutiny and coming to terms with her new identity. This is a cracking good read.’ – David Caddy, Tears in the Fence
‘Classic crime fiction with a compelling, complex and brilliantly conceived central character. Robyn Bailley is a wonderful creation and Alex Clare is an exciting new talent.’ – Sheila Bugler, author of the Ellen Kelly crime series
‘This first introduction to DI Bailley and her team has enormous potential in terms of a series, and with Clare’s obvious skill for plot building, attention to police procedure, and, on the whole, well-realised characterisation there is much to build on in the future.’ – Raven Crime Reads