Barbara Nadel is an English crime-writer. Many of her books are set in Turkey. Born in the East End of London, Barbara Nadel trained as an actress before becoming a writer. Now writing full-time, she has previously worked as a public relations officer for the National Schizophrenia Fellowship's Good Companion Service and as a mental health advocate for the mentally disordered in a psychiatric hospital. She has also worked with sexually abused teenagers and taught psychology in schools and colleges, and is currently the patron of a charity that cares for those in emotional and mental distress. She has been a regular visitor to Turkey for more than twenty-five years.
Istanbul: the sight that greets Inspector Cetin Ikmen is horrific. The girl was burnt alive in her own bedroom. Was it suicide or murder? When her father shows no emotion at the death of his seventeen-year-old daughter, Ikmen starts to dig deeper.
Alongside his troubled partner, Inspector Mehmet Suleyman, he discovers that the girl had a secret boyfriend who has now disappeared. He and the girl's family are prime suspects, but forensic evidence is scant. The policemen question a couple of young boys who are unlikely friends. What do they have in common? Then the boys' music teacher is found with his throat cut and the police realise they are on the trail of something much more sinister and frighteningly well organised.