Stone Cold Red Hot (Sal Kilkenny)

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When private eye Sal Kilkenny is asked to discover the whereabouts of Jennifer Pickering, disinherited by her family twenty years ago, it seems that Jennifer does not want to be found. Despite her initial reservations, as the events of the past gradually unfold, single-mum Sal finds that she is becoming engrossed in the case. There are dark secrets waiting to be uncovered but can Sal break the conspiracy of silence that surrounds this mystery? As she spends her days tracing Jennifer, Sal's nights become shattered by an emotional and often dangerous assignment with the Neighbour Nuisance Unit on one of Manchester's toughest housing estates. In this highly charged atmosphere of racial tension it is not surprising when tempers flare. As properties start to burn, Sal's two cases spiral out of control and events, past and present, collide with deadly intensity...

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Cath Staincliffe is the author of five previous Sal Kilkenny novels. She is based in Manchester, England which is the setting for her books, and a founder member of internationally renowned Murder Squad.

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The "stone cold" in the title of British author Staincliffe's (Looking for Trouble) excellent fifth Sal Kilkenny PI mystery refers to the traces of a young woman, Jennifer Pickering, who went missing 20 years before. For some initially undisclosed reason, her parents deemed her a disgrace. Her mother refuses to have her name mentioned even now. But younger brother Roger, who loved her as a boy, hires Sal to determine what became of her. Jennifer disappeared without saying goodbye to anyone, and has not contacted any of her friends since. "Red hot" refers to Sal's second problem: a Muslim family from Somalia that is the target of neo-Nazi youths determined to drive them from their home. The Neighborhood Nuisance Unit hires Sal to observe the situation with a camcorder from a neighbor's house to get evidence against the thugs. It is immediately obvious that the local police are indifferent to the increasingly dangerous plight of the family. The two cases unexpectedly come together in a whirlwind denouement. Sal, an intelligent, workmanlike sleuth, tends to discern the facts rather than jump to conclusions. Staincliffe's depiction of Sal's domestic life is exceptionally good: she and her little girl live with her partner, Ray, who is also a single parent with a little boy. Another principal character is the city of Manchester, England, of which both author and detective are fond. This fine piece of craftsmanship is a very pleasant, well-paced read. (Sept.)Award.

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