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The Killing Pool

The Killing Pool

Location(s): Liverpool

Genre(s): Crime, Mystery

Era(s): Modern

Detective Chief Inspector Billy McCartney discovers a headless corpse in the scrubland close to Liverpool docks. The slaying carries all the hallmarks of a gangland hit — a message from the underworld to snitches, cops and rival gangs. One mile away, a Liverpool-Somali girl, Misha, staggers into a run-down bar, dazed and confused. The bar’s owner, a career criminal called Shakespeare who dresses like an Edwardian dandy, cannot get a word out of her. Shakespeare, a chivalrous old Trinidadian who has called Liverpool his home since the 70s, is smitten.

DCI McCartney is all too well aware that the clock is ticking. The butchered body was one Kalan Rozaki, youngest brother of a notorious Liverpool-Kurdish crime family — except Kalan is no criminal. For almost a year his brothers have been under full-time Drug Squad surveillance as McCartney slowly closed the net on the Rozakis’ intercontinental heroin trafficking organisation. McCartney’s key witness and chief informant on the case is someone with intimate insider knowledge of the Rozaki clan’s operation… their newly deceased baby brother, Kalan.

McCartney’s investigation into Kalan’s murder peels back layer after layer of a decades-long dynasty of drug smuggling. Each revelation plunges Mac further back into the dark heart of an unsolved drug crime that weighs heavy on his soul. He wants to catch the Rozakis — badly — but he wants the shadowy men behind their drug empire even more. The closer McCartney gets to Kalan’s killer, the closer he comes to facing down a lifetime’s torment — and facing up to the possibility, finally, of closure.

There is one solid gold witness to the killing, Kalan’s girlfriend, Misha — but Misha has vanished. Meanwhile a shipload of unadulterated heroin is sailing ever closer to the Port of Liverpool and Mac’s key informant is dead. As dawn breaks on his day of destiny, Mac’s priorities have become fatally intertwined: find Kalan’s killer, rescue Misha and swoop on the Rozakis — hopefully elbows-deep in heroin. Then, and only then, can he unmask the demon who has haunted his adult life

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