WICKED WITCH OF THE EAST, the tabloids called her. Bloody Weirdo, is what the locals said.
Corinne Woodrow was fifteen when she was convicted of murdering one of her classmates on a summer's evening in 1984, a year when the teenagers of Ernemouth ran wild, dressing in black and staying out all night, listening to music that terrified their parents.
Twenty years later, new forensic evidence suggests that Corinne didn't act alone. Private investigator Sean Ward — whose promising career as a detective with the Met was cut short by a teenage gangster with a gun — reopens the case, and discovers a town full of dark secrets, and a community that has always looked after its own.
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Twenty years ago, a fifteen-year-old schoolgirl named Corrine Woodrow was convicted of murdering one of her classmates. But now new forensic evidence indicates that Corrine didn't act alone, and Sean Ward - a private investigator whose promising career in the Met was cut short by a teenage drug dealer with an automatic weapon - travels to the seaside town of Ernemouth, to try to discover what really happened all those years ago. But he quickly realises that what's ultimately at stake is not Corrine's reputation, but those of the people who ran the place then - and still run it now. In order to get to the truth, he has to take on not just retired Detective Inspector Le Rivett - the man who headed up the original case and wants to keep it firmly closed - but also the mindset of an entire town that has always known how to look after its own.… (more)