A mass grave is uncovered in a devastated Croatian village, and the mutilated body of a young Englishwoman, Dorrie Mowat, is exhumed.
Her mother, who detested Dorrie when she was alive, is determined to find out how her daughter died. But with civil war tearing apart the former Yugoslavia, none of the authorities are interested in what they view as a minor war crime. She employs private investigator, Bill Penn, a former MI5 officer, who anticipated a short trip to Zagreb where he will compile a meaningless report and receive a good fee at the end of it. But once he has seen the killing ground, Penn becomes determined to find the truth behind the young woman's death.
As Penn searches for evidence of war crimes, he finds himself pitted against a ruthless opponent who will stop at nothing to cover his tracks...
Unmissable — The Times
It's impossible to find fault with this book, which builds relentlessly to its climax — Spectator
If you think modern popular fiction should address serious issues as well as entertain, then The Heart of Danger is unmissable — The Times
Vivid stuff. I write a fortnight after finishing the book and the scenes of pursuit and mindless cruelty still return to me — Douglas Hurd, Daily Telegraph