When Alice Seagrove is found dead, a name carved into her body, old memories are stirred up for DI Hal Luchewski. The name is that of a murdered sex offender - and the man who killed him, convicted in Hal's first ever murder case, has just been released from prison.
As he digs deeper, Hal discovers multiple links between Dr Seagrove, the recently released killer Nino Gaudiano, and Nino's long-missing daughter Louisa. Hal must tread a fine line as he digs into the secrets of several people involved in both cases - and time is running out.
Meanwhile, Hal's convoluted personal life is strained, as his relationship with boyfriend Stevie is on the rocks and he has to deal with revelations about his world-famous father...
Mark Lock was born far earlier than he likes or cares to admit, and spent much of his childhood humming Smiths songs around the rainy South Wales valleys. He studied maths at university because he was good at adding up, and has taught in colleges for the last twenty years. He is married to the writer Zillah Bethell and has two children. Dead Man's Hand, his debut novel, is the first in a series featuring DI Hal Luchewski.