Bloomsbury Publishing

The Dead Line


A Bangladeshi camp. A British ambassador. A Harley Street doctor. Investigative journalist Casey Benedict is used to working on stories that will take her from the bottom to the top of society – stories with a huge human cost. And her latest case is no different.

A frantic message is found hidden in clothes manufactured for the British high street. They take the girls… Casey and her team at the Post know they are on the brink of a major expose but identifying the factories in which the clothes have been made is one challenge, following the trail of those taken is another. Their attempts to find the girls will take Casey from her London newsroom across the world and into the very heart of families who will be destroyed if what she uncovers is ever revealed.


“Vivid and packed with journalistic lore … Mixing pulsating derring-do with painstaking detective work.” – Sunday Times

“Utterly convincing … Watt is also an expert at ratcheting up the suspense … A superbly crafted sequel in what one hopes will be a long running series.” – The Times