The Night Ferry

The Night Ferry

A Novel

Book - 2007
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Random House, Inc.

A young policewoman breaks all the rules to get to the bottom of the mysterious death of the best friend she betrayed in this stunning follow-up thriller from the author of Suspect and Lost.

Ali Barba, a Sikh detective with the Metropolitan Police, is recovering from injuries sustained in the line of duty when she receives a letter from her estranged friend, Cate, imploring her to come to their high school reunion. Alarmed by the urgent tone of the note, and eager to make amends for her unforgivable past behavior, Ali goes to the reunion. Cate is pregnant, but before Ali has the chance to congratulate her, Cate hurriedly whispers, “They want to take my baby. You have to stop them.” It is the only hint of Cate’s troubles Ali manages to get. As they are leaving the reunion, Cate and her husband are run down by a car and killed. The mystery darkens when it is discovered that Cate had faked her pregnancy by tying a pillow underneath her dress.

All Ali has to go on is a file in Cate’s desk that contains two ultrasound pictures, letters from a fertility clinic, and various papers that seem to confirm the unborn baby’s existence. As she puts together the pieces, her search takes her to Amsterdam and into the company of some very unsavory people on both sides of the Channel who'll do anything to thwart her investigation.

A gripping thriller and a searing tale of the search for redemption, The Night Ferry is Michael Robotham’s finest novel yet.



Baker & Taylor
Attending her high-school reunion at the request of her long-estranged friend, Cate, Ali Barba, a Sikh detective with the Metropolitan Police, suddenly finds herself investigating Cate's death after she and her husband are run down by a hit-and-run driver, caught up in a bizarre conspiracy involving a mysterious unborn baby and a network that exploits young Serbian refugees. 40,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
When a murder suspect broke her back across a brick wall, Alisha Barba's dreams of being a detective were shattered. Now on her feet again, but with her career and private life in limbo, she receives a message from an old schoolfriend, Cate, who is eight months pregnant and in trouble.
On the night they arrange to meet, Cate is mown down by a car that kills her husband instantly. As paramedics fight to save her life they uncover the first in a series of haunting and elaborate deceptions. These are the trigger for a dangerous quest that will take Alisha from the East End of London to Amsterdam's red-light district and into a murky underworld of sex trafficking, slavery and exploitation that stretches from the desolate hillsides of Afghanistan to the comfortable middle-class suburbs of London.
As the shadows across her landscape deepen, Alisha and her old boss, Detective Inspector Vincent Ruiz, must confront their own prejudices and both will come to question the very laws they have sworn to uphold.

Baker
& Taylor

Attending her high-school reunion at the request of her long-estranged friend, Cate, Ali Barba, a Sikh detective with the Metropolitan Police, suddenly finds herself investigating Cate's death after she and her husband are run down by a hit-and-run driver.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385517904
0385517904
Characteristics: 376 p. ; 25 cm

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LadyJaneBrais
Mar 21, 2017

I really love Michael Robotham's mystery novels. He writes intelligently, and comes up with amazing stories every time. I think I have read all his books, now. The library doesn't have all of them, so I bought a couple at Hemingway's Books, and a couple on Ebay. I am a notorious cheapskate, so for me to buy a book, the writing has to be A-plus. I definitely recommend ALL of his books.

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reeread
Sep 24, 2015

The desire for a baby impacts numerous lives, often with significant negative consequences.

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Kent_e
Feb 02, 2010

Entertaining story. Not great, not bad

Personally I found Mr. Robotham's more recent books better

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