Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9781439157114, 402pp.
Publication Date: April 26, 2011
A MOTHER’S ONLY CHILD. A GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY. A SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH THAT COULD COST JENNY COOPER HER JOB—AND MAYBE HER LIFE.
SEVERN VALE DISTRICT CORONER JENNY COOPER signed up for the job imagining a quiet life in the English countryside—a chance to repair her relationship with her college-age son and to conquer a frightening addiction to pills that emerged in the wake of her painful divorce. But then Amira Jamal shows up at her office demanding an inquest. Seven years ago, Jamal’s son vanished along with his friend, and the boys, both Muslim university students, have now been officially declared dead. As Jenny begins to investigate their disappearance, she discovers a deepening mystery that appears to involve not only British Security Services but also a shady American agent, an unidentified body, and a missing nuclear scientist. In the face of determined resistance from an Establishment that would prefer the grim truth remain buried, Jenny must fight to control her own inner demons and to bring unspeakable crimes to justice.
"Add Jenny Cooper to the list of memorable British crime novel characters." —Pittsburgh Tribune
"Hall creates an appealingly flawed heroine."—Publishers Weekly