When the body of a young woman, wearing climbing shoes but
no helmet, is found at the foot of a cliff in the Derbyshire
gritstone edges, the emergency services are quick to treat her
death as an accident, the result of a fall from a height onto a bed
of rocks and boulders. The police have bigger fish to fry anyway
– a violent and dangerous offender has escaped from his prison
escort on the way to court and is at large on the Derbyshire
moors, starting a massive manhunt involving scores of officers.
That might have been the end of the story as far as the dead
woman was concerned: just another victim of a hazardous
activity. Her husband identifies the body as his wife. He prepares
for the funeral. Her family and work colleagues grieve.
A climbing accident was how Detective Sergeant Woodman first
saw the incident as well. But further information leads him to
question his initial view and he begins to suspect ‘foul play’. A
murder investigation is launched.
The investigation is far from straightforward. It is hindered by
mistakes and misfortune. There is incompetence, interference by
a maverick officer, and even the inclement winter weather works
against the proper conduct of the enquiry. And those
investigating are still reeling from the events of one of the most
notorious and savage series of murders in English criminal
Hardback ISBN: 9781784566319