“He can’t bear to think of her that way, all cold and dead and wasting away in her grave beneath the rose bushes. He’d always pictured her whole, whenever he thought about her. All peaceful and sleeping. The way she’d looked when he buried her.”
The second book in the Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler series, Nighthawking by Russ Thomas sees Tyler investigate the murder of a foreign student whose body is found in the city’s Botanical Garden by a nighthawker on the hunt for antiquities. Alongside Detective Constable Amina Rabbani, and struggling against shrinking budgets and manpower in their department, both are shunted onto the investigation. But when the victim is identified as a Chinese national from a wealthy family, the case takes on a new urgency to prevent an international incident. As Tyler and Rabbani dig further into the victim’s life, it becomes clear that there’s more to her studies and relationships than meets the eye. Meanwhile, someone else is watching these events. Someone who knew the victim, and might hold the key to what happened the night she vanished.