A Bitter Taste, the second Catherine Berlin novel from Annie Hauxwell, is fast-paced, addictive crime spiked with grit and grunge.
Treachery becomes a habit.
London is in the grip of a stifling heatwave. The city has slowed to a claustrophobic shuffle; heroin-addicted investigator Catherine Berlin suffers while working the lowest of investigations: matrimonial.
The city's junkies are in the grip of a drought of a different kind. Sonja Kvist, a strung-out ghost from Berlin's past, turns up on her doorstep. Sonja's daughter is missing. An unpaid debt leaves Berlin no choice but to take the case of the missing ten-year-old.
Berlin is back, but soon the hunter becomes the hunted: corrupt detectives are on Berlin's tail chasing drugs she doesn't have, a young girl is murdered and the matrimonial case takes a fatal turn. And the temperature keeps rising.
'Annie Hauxwell has given us a heroine for our bleak new age. Catch the wave now, while it's building.' The Times
'Tough, fast-paced and peopled with believable characters, this is crime fiction for the 21st century.' Sunday Canberra Times
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April 23, 2014
Penguin (AU Adult)
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