Killer blonde PI Grace Cornish returns in the follow-up to Simon Shaw's psychological chiller Killing Grace Grace is in trouble. She's always had a cavalier attitude towards legal nicities, and when her inquiries demand a spot of breaking-and-entering, she doesn't hesitate. But when she's caught on a security camera and her old nemesis from her police days gets ready to throw the book at her, it looks as if this time she's overstepped the mark. Out of the blue, her ex-flame Bob rings up to offer his help, but there's a catch. Working for a hush-hush anti-narcotics unit, Bob's been targeting an elusive money-launderer, and from an intercepted phonecall now knows he'll be in London the following weekend. He doesn't know where, though, but he does know who his man's meeting: a playboy and professional gambler with a taste for fast cars and loose women. The gambler always calls the same escort agency when he's in town and Bob's boys have put the screws on the owner so that the next girl he gets sent will be working undercover. Which is where Grace comes in. All she has to do is sell her body for one night and her impending court case could disappear, is that too much to ask?
But as usual with Grace, things are never that simple, and soon she's in far deeper than she bargained for.
Simon Shaw studied at Cambridge University and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He worked as an actor until the publication of his first novel, Murder Out of Tune, in 1988, since when he has concentrated mostly on writing and journalism. Selling Grace is his ninth novel. He is an assistant editor of The Week and is a regular book reviewer for The Mail on Sunday.