Cleanskin is a taut psychological thriller, from Val McDermid. Jack Farrell, a 'cleanskin' (a known career criminal with no convictions) disappears after his daughter is killed in a targeted arson attack. When his body washes up on a Suffolk beach, the CID assume a grief-stricken suicide, but then Farrell's enemies start to be murdered in the most horriffic ways... Told from the perspective of the investigating cop, Andy Martin, this is hard boiled crime fiction of the highest order.
When career criminal Jack Farlowe's body is found washed-up on a Suffolk shore, it looks to the police like a clear-cut case. Broken-hearted at his daughter's death, he has drowned himself - good riddance and one less crime to solve, according to CID.
Then again, maybe not. For, one by one, Farlowe's enemies are being killed. And the horrific manner of their deaths makes drowning look like a day at the beach