By Luke Delaney
A damp, darkish cellar holds cages. And for the ladies in the back of the bars, their worst nightmares are approximately to return real . . .
When Louise Russell is going lacking from her domestic, D.I. Sean Corrigan from South London's homicide research Unit instantly senses foul play. For Corrigan's personal darkish early life has given him the power not just to acknowledge evil in those that prey upon the blameless, but additionally to work out against the law scene from the eyes of the perpetrator.
Though Corrigan has no doubts that Louise was once taken opposed to her will, he believes she's nonetheless alive. yet time is operating out, particularly while a physique is located dumped within the woods—a girl who is clone of Louise. How lengthy earlier than Louise's captor will get bored with her and replaces her with one other lookalike? How lengthy prior to they locate Louise's corpse next?
Now, with a purpose to tune a psychopath, Corrigan needs to position himself within the brain of a killer. For it's only there that the twisted secrets and techniques of a assassin lie.
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He wearily picked up the receiver. ‘DI Corrigan. ’ ‘Hi, I’m Rebecca Owen, calling from the lab. ’ ‘Go on. ’ ‘You submitted samples of moisturizer and fragrance, a few from a home and a few from a homicide victim’s physique? ’ ‘I’m listening. ’ ‘The samples from the physique swabs don’t fit any of the beauty goods taken from the home. They’re no longer a similar. ’ So Karen eco-friendly wasn’t the girl he sought replacements for, she used to be herself a alternative. ‘Do you recognize what the samples from the physique are? ’ Sean requested. ‘Yes. They’re considerably extra unique and dear than something submitted from the home, even though nonetheless now not designated or hand made, so that you won’t have the capacity to slender them right down to a unmarried retail resource. ’ ‘I comprehend, yet are you able to inform me the manufacturers? ’ ‘Of direction. The moisturizer is Elemis physique cream and the body spray is Black Orchid by way of Tom Ford. ’ ‘How lengthy have those items been on hand? ’ ‘The cream’s been round for an outstanding few years, however the perfume’s purely been out there for a pair. ’ Sean regarded again at his machine. The final of the stalker stories nonetheless flickered at the reveal. His seek had long past again 3 years, but the fragrance purely , so his timelines have been correct. ‘You convinced the perfume’s in basic terms been out for 2 years? ’ he requested. ‘Certain,’ got here the answer. ‘We’ll dispatch the report back to you instantly. ’ He hung up, his brain already analysing the knowledge from the lab, the names of the cosmetics etching themselves into his attention. He eased his eyes closed, permitting the pictures of the hooded guy with no face to shape in the back of the lids, going to the girl he’d taken, lightly spraying the pricy fragrance into the air with reference to her neck, the microscopic droplets drifting till they got here to leisure at the gentle, taut dermis of her throat. He observed the faceless guy unscrewing the lid from the jar of Elemis physique cream, skinny arms conscientiously scooping the moisturizer from inside, spreading it over hot, olive pores and skin, lightly at the start, then extra firmly because the cream soaked in, his palms and thumbs forming dimples and valleys as his fingers moved throughout her physique. Sean felt an awakening in his personal sexuality and attempted to recollect the final time he’d made like to his spouse, yet couldn’t. His eyes opened as he chastised himself for permitting a actual are looking to holiday his focus. as soon as the sexual wants had pale away he closed his eyes back and waited for the scene to come back; he didn’t need to wait lengthy, the girl with brief brown hair mendacity on her again filing to his contact as he massaged the Elemis into her physique. His eyes snapped open as he spoke to himself. ‘No. That’s unsuitable. ’ He steadied his respiring and readied himself to attempt back, his eyes slowly ultimate, clone of the faceless guy returning, yet no longer touching the lady, no longer utilizing his personal fingers to use the cream or conserving the bottle of body spray shut adequate to spray her himself. This time he left the cosmetics for them to use it to themselves. ‘Yes,’ he acknowledged to himself, ‘that’s what you probably did. ’ A knock at his open door made him leap.