This read very much like an introduction to a series so I was relieved to find that it was the first in a series! The focus is more on building the characters than having a complex storyline.
The main character is DI Jack Brady who is returning to work after being shot. As with many literary detectives he is a heavy drinker and a womaniser and we see glimpses of his former loves throughout the book. This book also introduces us to the local criminal master of the area who I think will feature highly in the next book which is soon to be published.
A young girl is found in a field and with a badly mutilated face identification is tricky. As investigations continue it becomes clear that she wasn't a naive youngster but the question facing Brady is who killed her and what does his colleague and longterm friend Jimmy Matthews know about it all?