1. The Canvas Restorer's Commitment ✔️

1. The Canvas Restorer's Commitment ✔️

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Dan Garrett By DanGarrett Completed

When a baffling cold-case reopens, a detective and the psychic who works alongside him, must put aside the anger from their recent fight and pair up to bring a sadistic child-killer to justice.

Detective Ryan Shale's peaceful life is hit by a bolt from the blue when blind flatmate Jake Taberner confirms that he's about to father a child.

Whereas Ryan can only foresee disaster, Jake can't imagine why the deadly aneurysm which already cost him his eyesight, should preclude him from becoming a single dad. A heated war of words breaks out, ending so badly that Jake bolts, leaving their friendship in tatters.

Five long months pass without a word. Jake's surrogate is due to give birth and Ryan is worried about how Jake will cope alone with a newborn. Just as he gives up on ever hearing from his best friend again, a new case throws them back together. When Toby, Jake's best childhood friend, is found dead in a snowy forest with a spade frozen into one fist and a hand-drawn map clamped in the other, Ryan is sent to investigate.

Toby's tragic death by hypothermia soon escalates into the hunt for a serial killer as children's bodies begin to surface nearby. With Toby gone, there's only one man left who can decipher the map to the killer's lair. Yet, wounded by his fight with Ryan, Jake's mistrust is still running high.

To ensure that no more boys die, Ryan must persuade Jake to unburden himself of deep secrets about his boyhood abuse by that same sadistic child-killer. But can Ryan also find similar courage to reveal his own deep secret regarding his long-held feelings for Jake? Or will the two men go their separate ways as soon as the case is over?

ADVISORY NOTE: Over-17s only.  Themes including recollections of a character's sexual abuse, child-trafficking and children held in captivity. All sexual activity featured, takes place between consenting males over the age of 18.

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