WINNER OF THE NORTHERN CRIME COMPETITONNewcastle 1996. Charlie works in the local bail hostel where, exhausted and made cynical by the job, she expects the worst of everyone.When her friend's son is found dead in the local park she is dragged into the hunt for the murderer. Darren was angel but as she begins to dig deeper she unwittingly sets in motion a series of threats against the hostel and against her own family. Her attempts to uncover the truth find her probing failures in the justice system in a hunt for a killer who has fallen through the cracks.
Kath McKay lives in Leeds, grew up in Kirkby, near Liverpool, and was educated in Belfast and London. She teaches creative writing in Hull University's English department, and has taught for Goldsmiths, Birkbeck and Leeds and Bradford universities. Her first poetry collection, Anyone Left Standing, won the Poetry Business Competition. She won an Arts Council Grant for the Arts award and a Writer's Award for her short fiction. Other projects included collaborative work with a graphic artist, Janis Goodman, one on head lice, and one on teeth.