When a baby is stolen from a Scottish beach, private investigator Charlie Cameron reluctantly agrees to take the case.
While her parents are just yards away, thirteen-month-old Lily Hamilton is abducted from Ayr beach in Scotland. Three days later, her distraught father turns up at private investigator Charlie Cameron’s office. Mark Hamilton believes he knows who has taken his daughter. And why.
Against his better judgment, Charlie takes the case—and when bodies are discovered, he suspects this may not be an isolated crime. Is there a serial killer whose work has gone undetected for decades? Is baby Lily his latest victim? Charlie won’t be able to give up on this case. Memories and guilt from his childhood won’t let him…
Charlie Cameron is a likeable but troubled private investigator who usually finds missing people. After reading Old Friends and New Enemies the second book in this series some time ago I have finally caught up with this first book in which the reader discovers the reason why missing people, especially children matter so much to him.
Charlie’s office is an upstairs room in the New York Blue Club in Glasgow, provided free by the grateful owner for his previous services. There he meets policeman Andrew Geddes and has an on/off friendship with manager Jackie. When there is enough work, he employs Patrick, who will chat to anyone and knows all the wrong people. Patrick’s life provides amusing relief in an otherwise sad story.
Charlie does his best to find Lily, even though Andrew tells him it is police business. As readers, we believe we are one step ahead in knowing what has happened to her, but a serial killer is revealed, responsible for crimes over many years so perhaps it is too late. Another case involving a young student who may have run away with her teacher keeps him busy but frustratingly evidence is thin on the ground. Charlie’s personal life improves when a new young singer comes to the club, but he struggles to keep all the balls in the air.
The plotting of this book is intricate and clever and at times it is difficult to keep track of events but the final pulling together of all the threads is both surprising and satisfying.
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My review of Old Friends and New Enemies