Author(s): Vanda Symon
Bradley is a middle-aged man trapped in middle-class New Zealand. He is in a job that he hates, working day after day to support his wife and two children. One day when it all gets too much, Bradley picks up a teenage hooker in downtown Auckland. Unfortunately he can't keep it up and then she laughs at him. That was a mistake. He beats her, ties her up and takes her to an abandoned warehouse that he owns. But then he doesn't know what to do.
Max is homeless. He eats from rubbish bins, bums cigarettes from anyone and anywhere, including the footpath, and he doesn't smell that fresh. But Max has one friend and she has gone missing. If he is to find her, he is going to have to call on some people from his past life and re-open old wounds that have remained unhealed for a long time.
A hard-hitting and fast-paced thriller from Vanda Symon, New Zealand's 'Queen of Crime'
Vanda Symon lives in Dunedin with her husband and two young boys. A former pharmacist, Vanda is now a domestic goddess, a writer and full-time mum. She is heavily involved in the community, sitting on numerous committees, and hosts a monthly local radio show called 'Write On', focusing on writers and the world of books.