A frantic phone call from a small time criminal sends ex-DI Ben Pitkin on the hunt for a girl gone missing in a kidnap extortion gone wrong. Forced to act outside of judicial procedure, Pitkin must follow a trail scattered with deceit and apathy through the backstreets of small town Greater Manchester. Every step leaves him wrestling with his own sanity, takes him deeper into seedy shadows thick with money and greed, deeper into the sicknesses of a country tearing itself apart under the pressures of austerity.
Northern Noir at its most fierce, LA Sykes’ novella, "The Hard Cold Shoulder", takes a hard, cold look at the desperate actions of desperate people caught in the effects of psychological trauma.
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