Shatter by Michael Robotham

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Avon and Somerset Police Headquarters is in Portishead on the Severn Estuary, nine miles west of Bristol. The architects and planners were perhaps laboring under the misapprehension that if they built a police headquarters a long way from the crime-ridden pockets of inner-city Bristol, the perpetrators might relocate and join them. If we build it, they will come.

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Shatter by Michael Robotham

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It’s two o’clock in the afternoon, late September, and outside it’s raining so hard that cows are floating down rivers and birds are resting on their bloated bodies.