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Time Of Death by Mark Billingham 

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(Soon to be a major BBC Drama)

Two schoolgirls are abducted in the small, dying Warwickshire town of Polesford, driving a knife into the heart of the community where Police Officer Helen Weeks grew up. But this is a place where dangerous truths lie buried.

The Accused:

When family man Stephen Bates is arrested, Helen and her partner Tom Thorne head to the flooded town to support Bates’ wife – an old school friend of Helen’s – who is living under siege and convinced of her husband’s innocence.

The Dead :

As residents and media bay for Bates’ blood, a decomposing body is found. The police believe that they have their murderer, but one man believes otherwise. With a girl still missing, Thorne sets himself on a collision course with the local police, townsfolk – and a merciless killer.