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Ava grabbed the knife, wrestling it from Knuckles’ hands and holding out both knife and the taser towards the two men on the floor.
‘The money’s gone,’ Ava said. ‘It’s become a generous donation to a local charity, anonymous obviously. You’re too late. I’m leaving, and I’m giving you two minutes to get out after me. After that the police will be waiting outside to escort you from the premises. Come back here again and it’ll be your final resting place.’
She ran down the stairs, unwilling to test her theory as to how slowly both men would now be moving. Taking her coat from the kitchen, she disappeared through the back door, hiding behind bushes in a garden opposite and waiting for them to appear. They took longer than she’d hoped but that was prob¬ably because they appeared to have been rummaging through Glynis’ freezer for a bag of peas, which the big man was clutching to his groin as he hobbled away. Knuckles’ face and shirt were a mess of blood, and he too was unsteady. Ava watched them climb into a car with a licence plate so muddy she couldn’t make it out, and drive away. She left it five more minutes before exiting the garden, returning to the house only to lock Glynis’ door before going to her car.
Her right hand was warm and sticky, the pain just beginning to register. There was a substantial cut running along the palm, splitting the skin between thumb and forefinger. It was deep, throbbing and no amount of positive thought was going to persuade her that she could avoid getting professional help. She checked the time. It was close to 4am. Accident and Emergency was what she needed, only someone there would recognise her and this was such an obvious knife wound that questions would be asked. She wrapped her hand in the towel she kept stuffed in her gym bag on the back seat and began to drive.
There’s no easy way to die…
Unknown to DI Luc Callanach and the newly promoted DCI Ava Turner, a serial killer has Edinburgh firmly in his grip. The killer is taking his victims in the coldest, most calculating way possible – engineering slow and painful deaths by poison, with his victims entirely unaware of the drugs flooding their bloodstream until it’s too late.
But how do you catch a killer who hides in the shadows? A killer whose pleasure comes from watching pain from afar? Faced with their most difficult case yet, Callanach and Turner soon realise they face a seemingly impossible task…
ABOUT HELEN FIELD
Helen can be found on Twitter @Helen_Fields for up to date news and information. A former barrister, Helen now writes a Scottish set crime series – D.I.Callanach and D.I. Ava Turner. Her debut novel Perfect Remains and the second in the series Perfect Prey are Amazon best sellers. Her next book ‘Perfect Death’ is due out on 25 January 2018. She currently commutes between Hampshire, Scotland and California, and lives with her husband and three children.