A kidnapper is at large, a schoolboy has disappeared - there are no leads, no closure. The police have failed, and morale at Lafferton station has collapsed. Then Detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler receives a call: a child has been snatched in Yorkshire ... Has the abductor struck again? The Risk of Darkness is set in a world in which a widowed husband's crazy grief turns to obsession and violence, and women - both old and young - feel threatened. Meanwhile, handsome reserved Simon Serrailler, who has broken so many hearts, gets a taste of his own medicine.