The discovery of a naked body on the banks of a river in Sheffield, sets off an immediate police investigation. DCI Cosgrove and his team soon find themselves immersed in the dark world of grooming gangs, manipulation and child abuse. With kooky scientist Fenton Nightingale on the run, Cosgrove and his DS Theresa Smart, realise the inventor and his infamous arousal cream must be stopped at all costs. But the clever cops will have to take care – how will they track down the sex-mad prof and bring him to justice without revealing their own involvement in the villain’s antics?
This is the 4th book in Joy Mutter’s unconventional crime thriller series ‘Troubled’ and like the others, it pulls no punches. Make no mistake – along with the police investigation, this book is packed with explicit details of dozens of sexual encounters. The difference this time around is that it also involves scenes of child sexual abuse that some readers will find offensive and distasteful. The depictions of how teenage girls are lured by the grooming gang have a realistic and unsettling feel in how they’re influenced and controlled by their abusers, all of which can make it a difficult book to read. Having said that, it’s also very funny, with the protagonists landing themselves in weirdly outrageous scenarios and murderous situations at every turn.
Shocking, funny and full of unrestrained sexual antics, (I’ve said it before), you have been warned!
I’m not sure if I can stomach the sexual abuse, Colin. I find that sort of thing very distressing.
Absolutely – it’s not a book that will appeal to everyone.