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When DNA evidence links a present-day murder to the disappearance of a young boy four years earlier, detectives Anderson and Costello are plunged into a baffling mystery.   

It's been four years since four-year-old Johnny Clearwater disappeared without a trace one hot summer afternoon. Now, a new TV documentary series is revisiting the case, dredging up memories perhaps best left forgotten. 

On the night the TV show is broadcast, detectives Anderson and Costello are called out to investigate the murder of a female police officer. On arriving at the scene, they discover that nothing about this death is as straightforward as it would appear. What was the victim doing in the garden of the exclusive gated residence where she was found? How did she die? Why is the key witness so reluctant to speak to them? Even the off-duty police officer who was first on the scene isn't telling them everything. 

The pressure intensifies when a link is discovered between the dead woman and the disappearance of Johnny Clearwater four years earlier. What secrets are lurking behind the closed doors of this small, exclusive community...and what really happened to little Johnny Clearwater?

©2021 Caro Ramsay (P)2021 Canongate Books

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Slow and Dull

The is decent, everything else is eh. There's too many characters to try and keep track of, some having different names they went by. They really stretched the limits of believability. To have that many peoples touch DNA conveniently perfectly preserved is laughable. Then someone they matched all to people. It's a ridiculous concept.

All I can say it's it's one of the most boring things I've had to endure. It's what I get for buying when only one review and they gave it a 5. Always always a mistake.

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  • 11-03-21

Great book.

Loved it. These books just get better and better. And they were great to begin with. Often series get predictable and tired but not the Anderson and Castello books. Cannot wait for the next one.

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  • Nat Venosi
  • 01-04-22

Waiting for more please!

This series is still the top of my list for story, characters and both narrators, I have to go hunting in between for something else to keep me going, there’s a few others for which I am grateful but am always looking forward to the next one from Caro Ramsey…

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  • Helen Engstrom
  • 11-06-21

Another worthy addition to the Canon

I love all the Anderson and Costello books and Number 13 makes a worthy addition. The plot makes for compelling reading, and the characters add to the cohesion of the book. Ten hours well spent. Looking forward to Number 14

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 10-30-21

Confusing with accent.

It took me ages to understand what James Macpherson was saying and I couldn’t work out who was who. That said I loved the story and realise I have to pay more attention from no on.