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Detective Inspector Andy Horton, the star of several British police procedurals, returns for another investigation. It begins with the disappearance of Luke Felton, a convicted murderer who was recently paroled. Andy barely starts looking for Felton when a body turns up in Portsmouth Harbour—identification is going to be tricky, but it could be Felton's. Then more bodies appear, including that of a local resident from whom Andy was planning to buy a boat. Is Luke Felton dead, or is he at large, committing more murders? Rowson's earlier novels in the Horton series were all satisfactory, but she clearly has stepped up several notches with this outstanding entry. It deserves mention in the same breath as works in the upper echelon of both American procedurals (those by McBain or Joseph Wambaugh, for example) and their British counterparts, including the work of Peter Robinson and John Harvey. Andy Horton is an especially good series hero, a likable fellow with plenty of street smarts and the requisite personal baggage—an abrasive supervisor and an antagonistic soon-to-be ex-wife (like Harvey's Frank Elder). Procedural fans who haven't already read Rowson should be encouraged to do so in the strongest possible terms.