Time Of Death by Mark Billingham
(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.
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.