What seems a routine task lands Detective Constable Iona Khan in the midst of a crucial operation without support from colleagues. Just selected to the Manchester Counterterrorism Unit, Khan (half Scottish, half Pakistani) follows a tip from a secretive group that explores tunnels under the city about someone using fake ID. Turns out the man in question is from Mauritius with a new degree in chemical engineering and has been seen with his cousin, who’s suspected of brutally murdering a former British law lord in Mauritius. With the high-level Labour Party conference about to begin in Manchester, Khan reports her suspicions about a terrorist plot only to have them ignored by Superintendent Paul Wallace, her cruel and racially biased boss. Fortunately, Khan’s former boyfriend, Sergeant Jim Stephens, of the Manchester PD, who knows Wallace all too well from army service, believes her and has her back. Simms, author of the DI Jon Spicer series, skillfully builds tension in this procedural featuring an appealing protagonist, a persevering biracial woman in a man’s world. --Michele Leber
"Plenty of tension, a likeable heroine and some superb set-pieces in the claustrophobic subterranean tunnels add up to an exhilarating read"
)"All in all 'Scratch Deeper' is a taut, tense and thrilling novel which demanded my attention from first page to last. Let’s just hope he doesn’t make us wait another eighteen months for the next masterpiece"