Detective Ngaire Blakes is back on the case when a skeletonized murder victim is discovered - a crime that took place during the Springbok Tours of 1981. A period that pitted father against son, town against city, and police against protestors.

When the victim is identified as Sam Andie, a young African American man transplanted from the States to NZ by his family, Ngaire must investigate whether racial motives were behind the death. In line with evidence from the forensic pathologist, a police baton could easily have been the murder weapon. Or was his death connected to Sam's girlfriend--a young woman convicted of a savage double homicide in the same week that Sam disappeared?

With files missing, memories hazy, and a strident false confession muddying the waters, Ngaire must sift through the detritus if she hopes to find the truth hiding deep beneath the lies.

Author

Katherine Hayton

Katherine Hayton is a 42 year old woman who works in insurance, doesn't have children or pets, can't drive, has lived in Christchurch her entire life, and currently resides two minutes walk from where she was born. For some reason she's developed a rich fantasy life. Buy one of her books and she'll be able to retire in luxury. Or in comfort. Or in just-scraping-by-but-at-least-I'm-not-in-the-office-24-7-ness. Go on.

Books:

Series:

Series: Ngaire Blakes

Year of Publication
Series
Book Number (in series)
3
Blog 2018 Reading Reminiscences
Karen Chisholm
Monday, January 7, 2019
Review The Only Secret Left to Keep, Katherine Hayton
Karen Chisholm
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Blog Ngaio Marsh Award longlist revealed
Karen Chisholm
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Blog #amreading The Only Secret Left to Keep, Katherine Hayton
Karen Chisholm
Monday, April 16, 2018

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