Detective Chief Inspector Max Cornell is the senior investigating officer of Newcastle and Northumberland’s Murder Investigation Team.
Often accompanied by his big German Shepherd, Rex, Max has a reputation for bending the rules and is never far from controversy.
Respected by his crew, his superiors struggle with his sharp wit and humour.
Max Cornell is detective chief inspector in charge of Northumberland’s murder investigation team and never far from controversy. It is while his superiors are considering discipline over his conduct at a recent crown court hearing, a climate change activist is murdered in a small Northumberland village.
All fingers point towards a farmer who has been the subject of recent protests organised by this individual. Cornell, however, is not convinced the farmer is the perpetrator, but he is faced with a village hiding a secret and villagers refusing to talk. To find a link to the murderer Cornell is compelled to investigate the disappearance of a visitor to the village two years before.
Douglas John Knox’s latest novel is an intricate tale of obsession and tragedy, sprinkled with humour.