The naked body of a young woman is found hanging from a tree on a London roadside. The words dirty girl are scrawled across her back. Detective Sergeant Stella Mooney is faced with a murder as baffling as it is chilling.
With no means of identifying the victim and no apparent motive, the case is blocked - until a man is found on a bench by the river, his throat cut back to his backbone.
One victim is a young girl - maybe one of the hookers who work the Strip - the other a researcher for a prominent and controversial MP. More evidence is needed to find the link, and it comes soon enough in the form of another death . . .