When Mina, a Kurdish student, plunges in flames from the top floor of Wood Green Shopping City, it is widely assumed to be a political protest. But local reporter Rex Tracey, who knew the dead girl, doesn’t buy it.
Mina was looking forward to the trip of a lifetime, she’d mysteriously vanished only a week before her death, and she’d been in contact with a whistle-blowing local government officer – who pretty soon ends up dead himself.
As he investigates, the sleuthing journalist with a sad past and weakness for Polish lager is sucked into a world of honour killings, corrupt officials, and clashing traditions.
M.H. Baylis is a novelist, journalist and scriptwriter. He worked for the BBC as a storyliner on EastEnders (where he helped devise the ratings-grabbing Valentine’s Day murder plot and made Dot Cotton consume cannabis), before moving to Kenya and Cambodia, where he trained local scriptwriters and created TV dramas for the BBC. After a spell living in a remote mountain village on the Pacific island of Tanna, he returned to Britain to take up his present role as television critic for the Daily Express. Baylis’s first crime novel, A Death at the Palace, was published to much acclaim in 2013.
As Matthew Baylis, he is the author of Man Belong Mrs Queen (2013), which was a BBC Radio 4 ‘Book of the Week’.