When fifteen year-old private school-boy Harry Hughes goes missing from home, police find emails on his computer which lead them to believe it to be a case of chat room grooming. In reality, it turns out to be something far more sinister. An Arab gang operating out of a Middle Eastern embassy in London is abducting British schoolboys for the sex trade in the Middle East. DCI Bob Schembri of the London Metropolitan Police has been aware of this gang for some time. He suspects them of being responsible for the abduction of at least thirteen boys.
When Harry arrives at London’s King’s Cross Station expecting to meet a boy of a similar age off a train from Edinburgh, he is approached by a middle-aged Arab claiming to be the father of the boy he was expecting to meet. When Harry doesn’t believe he is who he says he is, the man produces copies of the emails he has been exchanging with Harry. On sight of the emails, DCI Schembri and his team take the man into custody. They also pick up two men waiting in a Mercedes to whisk Harry off to an airfield in Essex.
Schembri now has a witness and the evidence he has been looking for, but the Arabs have diplomatic immunity. When the Arabs’ lawyers fail to get their clients released, Eastern European thugs crawl out of the woodwork and begin to threaten and intimidate the family. As a result, three people lose their lives.
The secret Harry has been carrying is the cause of it all. His secret is also to lead to his own death in a fall under suspicious circumstances from a cliff on the Amalfi coast of Italy.
And Schembri has lost his witness.
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Published September 24, 2012
Literature & Fiction.