The Crime Readers' Association

RUNNING OUT OF ROAD by Cath Staincliffe

1st September 2021

A missing schoolgirl, a middle-aged recluse, an exploited teenager. Lives thrown into chaos and set on collision course. With the police in hot pursuit.

Scarlett is dancing in the school talent show tomorrow. Except Scarlett doesn’t make it home from school. She’s abducted by a man she never imagined she’d see again. A man on the police most wanted list. Her dad.

Dylan’s a ‘cuckoo’, dealing drugs on the county line, moving from nest to nest, picking out people who daren’t say no. Keeping his head down, one step ahead of the law. So far. But now everything’s falling apart.

Ron has made a living as a house and pet-sitter since quitting his career in the fire service. He’s looking after a place deep in the Derbyshire Peaks. The solitude suits him. And managing animals is so much simpler than coping with people.

PC Ahmed Ali’s shift takes a dangerous turn when he discovers a badly injured man and resolves to do everything possible to catch his assailant.

DS Laura O’Neil is running on empty after nights dealing with her teething toddler. But Laura is driving the hunt for Scarlett and knows that every minute counts.

A race against time. Played out in the brooding wilderness, the limestone gorges and gritstone edges of the Derbyshire Peaks.

You can find out more about Cath Staincliffe and her books, including Running Out of Road here.

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