Five women from an accounting firm are on a team survival course in the Australian outback. Four return. The missing woman is Alice Russell, being used by Falk as an informant in an investigation into money-laundering by the firm. Has one of the others murdered her? Or has she been attacked by the son of Martin Kovac, a serial killer who specialised in raping and murdering blonde young women. The only clue seems to be a message left on Falk's phone of which the only words that can be distinguished are "hurt her". This uses a classic whodunnit formula backed up by the dangers of the Australisn bush.
Some great writing:
- "He seemed about to say something else, then changed his mind." (p 39)
- "She'd cracked the shits. Gone off on her own." (p 39)
- "He hated the way men in plush offices were able to wash their hands at arm's length" (p 53) although it makes me wonder where else they would wash their hands.
- "You've met my fiance. I literally had to put 'no denim' on the invitations for his side of the family." (p 227)
- "A woman with the distinctive look of a community social worker." (p 343)
October 2018; 421 pages