Kicked off the Leeds police force after 18 years of service, ex-cop Vince McNulty spends his time visiting massage parlors where he’d formerly worked undercover. When young girls from the parlors start turning up missing, his life takes a fateful turn, and then, when one of them is found dead, thought to have been killed by a regular customer, he becomes the number-one suspect.
Northern eX by Colin Campbell is a mystery in the style of 50s pulp fiction, with a totally flawed hero who is willing to bend the rules in the pursuit of justice, and thoroughly villainous villains. This one pulls the reader deep into the murky underbelly of the city and doesn’t let go until the conclusion.
I give it five stars.