When a seven-year-old boy disappears after school, the case is handed to Detective Frank Collins. He's been looking to lead a high-profile case for a while, and sets out determined to prove his worth. But the missing schoolboy is only a trigger for another crime. Someone is intent on exploiting the boy's grief-stricken mother. And they have plans for Frank Collins too.
This was a rather funny, unusual crime novella which started as a typical missing child investigation case, but which then turned and twisted in a way I did not envisage.
Since it is short, I cannot say a lot about the plot or I would be giving it away. Basically, a frantic mother reports her seven year old son, Bruce missing. She went to collect him at the school gate as usual but he did not come out.
Detective Frank Collins who is assigned to this investigation, soon discovers that this poor woman is in reality a nut case. Her son had in fact died several years before in an accident and Frank immediately thinks that this is a prank made on him by his colleagues. He then realises that someone is trying to take advantage of the woman’s mental state to set off another crime.
In the end I have to say that I had thought the perpetrator was somebody else and I certainly did not expect the surprise ending.