When a man dies in a police cell, the post mortem provides the evidence that is needed to declare that no one was to blame for his death. Now, as part of his coroners officer duties, DI Ridpath is investigating prior to an inquest and immediately notices some discrepancies. The victim appeared to be known to the custody sergeant but this was not recorded in any of the case notes and the CCTV was conveniently not working at the time of the death. It is down to Ridpath to discover exactly what happened that night.
In the eighth in the Ridpath series, we see the detective once again providing a voice for the victims, giving an alternative perspective from the standard police procedural. As in previous books, Ridpath’s work for the coroner, while also still being a serving member of the police, does not sit well with his colleagues. Investigating a potential police cover up is certainly not going to win him any friends and he finds himself becoming increasingly isolated, relying upon his closest allies to help him uncover the truth.
It is no spoiler to say that we realise quite early on in the book that Ridpath is correct in his assumption that something is awry, but the real mystery is why. My attention was held right until the very end as we see the detective’s tenacity in trying to bring justice for the victim and his family, the author’s skilled writing providing intrigue and well-developed characters.
This is definitely one of my favourite series and When the Night Ends is one of the best so far. If you are a fan of TV shows such as Line of Duty, then this book will be right up your street. Hopefully there are many more to come.
With thanks to Canelo and Net Galley for my copy.