Past reason hated (Robinson, Peter)

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DCI Alan Banks is more than a little surprised when his boss, Chief Superintendent Riddle, asks for his help-for it is well known that Riddle detests Banks. But Riddle's 16-year-old daughter has run away and he wants Banks to use his unorthodox methods to bring her home without fuss.

Banks tracks Emily to London, where she is living in luxury with a South London gangster, and at first she refuses to return with him. But when the young girl turns up at Banks' hotel that night, beaten and scared, he is pulled even deeper into events, especially when three months later-supposedly back safely in the bosom of her family-Emily suffers a gruesome and decidedly suspicious death...