Megan Rhys is a half-Welsh, half-Indian forensic psychologist who is assessing the impact of the government's new legislation on the vice trade in Cardiff. As predicted by critics, the problem hasn't gone away - prostitutes have simply moved into darker, more dangerous areas. Megan is deeply concerned about the risk this poses to the women - especially as a young prostitute was murdered in the area just a few months ago. The story opens with Megan joining Pauline, a former prostitute turned outreach worker who the police called 'the oldest tart on the beat', in the red light district. Pauline is giving out condoms - she is affectionately known to the working girls as 'The Rubber Woman'.
Lindsay Ashford lives in Borth on the West Wales coast. She has worked as a journalist for many years and has a degree in Criminology from Cambridge University. She has written three crime novels : Frozen, Strange Blood (longlisted for the Theakstons Crime Novel of the year), and Death Studies. Her short stories have been published by women's magazines including Woman's Weekly and broadcast on Radio 4.