Why did investigative journalist Jamie Maxden die? The coroner says it was suicide. The case is closed. Only one man fights to reopen it. Will Applewood is sure Jamie was about to expose a scandal that would shame the British food industry. But Will is notorious for his conspiracy theories. No one listens to him. In despair he turns to his barrister, Trish Maguire.
Felled by food poisoning in the middle of Will's case against a huge supermarket chain, Trish is ready to believe any story about dangers lurking inside the pretty packaging of the food we eat. Even though she has more than enough to do already with the trial, an attempt to save a child at terrible risk, and plenty of emotional complications of her own, she agrees to help.
Will's campaign takes her deep into the countryside, revealing a world that seems quite different from the metropolitan life she knows. But human nature doesn't change---whatever the environment.
Moving between the ravishing landscape and the grim depths of the inner city, trying to save lives and sanity, inexhaustible Trish is driven into a crusade---both personal and professional---that combines excitement, drama, and agonizing human tragedy.
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Praise for Natasha Cooper
A Place of Safety
"A dark and savage story with a deviously clever plot, convincing and complex characters, and a shocking climax."
"Cooper's subtle social comment on the finely drawn class distinctions of London's professionals will fascinate British mystery lovers."
---Rocky Mountain News
"This is a series that has grown markedly better with each book. The characters are as fascinating as the story."
Out of the Dark
"Dark and compelling, with mesmerizing plot twists, a compassionate but tough-minded heroine, and a surprise ending."
"A tale of suspense and substance."
"A suspenseful, literate outing."
Natasha Cooper, an ex-publisher, past Chair of the Crime Writers' Association, and lifelong Londoner, sets her novels in the city that she loves. In 2002, she was shortlisted for the Dagger in the Library, an award that goes to "the author whose work has given the most pleasure to readers." She regularly speaks at crime-writing conferences on both sides of the Atlantic.
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