Undercover policeman John 'Mac' MacDonagh lives a dangerous double life. His job has been to infiltrate a violent criminal network run by Reuben Volk, one of London's deadliest criminals. But Mac does the one thing no undercover cop should do, he falls in love with a female member of the gang, the beautiful but mysterious Elena Romanov.
Early one morning he wakes up in Room 19 of a seedy hotel bedroom with absolutely no memory of the night before. The room is thrashed, and there is blood every where. In the bathroom he finds the battered body of his lover.
The evidence clearly suggests that he has killed her, a thought copper-fastened by the sudden arrival of the police in the hotel lobby, apparently called by a resident complaining about a disturbance in Room 19. He can't bring himself to believe he has killed Elena and instinctively knows he must go on the run if he is to unravel the mystery and find the real killer or killers. One of the few things he does remember is that something crucial to his understanding of what is going on will happen at 11pm and he realises that he is in a race against time and has less than a day to uncover the truth. But hot on his heels is the tenacious Metropolitan Police Detective Inspector Rio Wray who has a score to settle. . .
Dreda Say Mitchell is familiar with the world she writes about. She grew up in a tough east London housing estate, and is now an award-winning novelist, broadcaster and journalist.
Her first book won the John Creasy Dagger for the best debut novel, the first black British writer to have received this honour. With this fast-paced, gritty and relentlessly violent expedition into the shadowy world of an undercover operative, Mitchell proves that she can go head-to-head with the best of her male peers in tough-guy action fiction.