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Gagged & Bound

Gagged & Bound

A Trish Maguire Mystery

Trish Maguire Mysteries (Volume 7)

Natasha Cooper

Minotaur Books

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Barrister Trish Maguire tackles a thirty-year-old terrorism case when distinguished biographer, Beatrice Bowman, hires her to fight a libel claim by a new ennobled member of the House of Lords who says she misidentified him as one of the terrorists who killed a busload of young children.
Meanwhile, Trish's old friend, Inspector Caro Lyalt, faces an impossible decision---blow the whistle that could end a colleague's career (and jeopardize her own), or do nothing and never forgive herself. In the running for a fantastic new job within the police force, she learns that a South London crime family is paying off her biggest rival. The villains gag and suffocate anyone who tries to expose their secrets. If the allegations are false, she loses all hope of this job or any other, but if they are true and she does nothing, she'll live with the guilt forever.
Trish is caught in the middle. As she and Caro help each other find the information they need, Caro's top informant is shot. Then the body of a young woman turns up in a park, bound, gagged, and suffocated with all the trademarks of a mob killing. And someone is trying to use Trish's twelve-year-old brother to force her to drop her inquiry. Picking her way through the maze of lies and threats, she brings danger terrifyingly close to herself and the people she loves.
In her seventh thrilling Trish Maguire mystery, Natasha Cooper explores the full destructive power of the wrong words spoken at the wrong time.

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Gagged & Bound

Chapter 1
Monday 12 March
Trish's concentration slipped, as though one tooth of a cog had snapped off and let the wheel clunk past its stop. She was back in London after winning a two-week case...

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Praise for Gagged & Bound

“Trish Maguire is a heroine for our times.” —Val McDermid

“Trish is an engaging character, warm and human, and well drawn.” —Donna Leon on the Trish Maguire Mystery series, The Sunday Times

“Gripping.” —Publishers Weekly on Keep Me Alive

“Cooper excels at depicting the effects of terror on the weak and the strong; happily, Trish is one of the latter.” —Kirkus Reviews on A Place of Safety

“A dark and savage story with a deviously clever plot.” —Booklist on A Place of Safety

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About the author

Natasha Cooper

Natasha Cooper is an ex-publisher, past chair of the Crime Writers' Association, and lifelong Londoner who sets her novels in the city that she loves. She also writes for a variety of newspapers and journals, and has contributed to many radio programs in the UK. She regularly speaks at crime writing conferences on both sides of the Atlantic, including an appearance as toastmistress at Bouchercon 2004. In 2002, she was shortlisted for the Dagger in the Library, an award that goes to "the author whose work has given most pleasure to readers."

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