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A young woman is found naked and strangled on a waste piece of ground. She is placed in such a manner akin to lying in state. She has been abused and tortured but not a single trace of DNA can be found from the murderer.

If this was not complicated enough Aitken and Allen discover that other identical murders have taken place over a decade. The victims have been injected with a cocktail of venom but this is no ordinary venom, it has very special qualities. This is a designer cocktail right at the leading edge of such technology. Victims are paralysed but remain conscious to their ordeal. Furthermore, Aitken and Allen find out two identical murders have taken place almost simultaneously which is impossible because of the distance apart. For Aitken and Allen the numbers simply do not add up.

The venom could be a lot more special than even they thought. Maybe there is another explanation, something a lot stranger, much more difficult to work out.

Can they stop these serial murders before the Press find out? As they close in on their target, surprisingly it is they who are captured. They too are injected, paralysed, bound in cling film and left in an abandoned warehouse to die. Can they survive this? Will they be found in time or is it the end for our two detectives?

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