Late December. A sixteen-year-old girl is found dead on a train line. Detective Sergeant Lucy Black from the Public Protection Unit is called to identify the body. The murdered girl, Karen Hughes, having a father in prison and an alcoholic mother, had no choice but to live in residential care. With not much to go on DS Black finds the only clue to the girl's movements are her mobile phone and social media and soon discovers her 'friends' may not be all they seem...Meanwhile Lucy's mind is consumed with the recurring trauma of a previous case, where a child lost their life in house fire and the killer runs free. But Lucy has to tread carefully: with a new DI to contend with and the Assistant Chief Constable looking over her shoulder, she can't afford to make a mistake. Hurt is a tense and page-turning crime thriller about the abuse of power and how the young and vulnerable can fall prey to those they should be able to trust. Praise for Little Girl Lost: "Effortlessly blending Black's personal woes into her professional life, McGilloway weaves a taut police procedural in an unadorned style that belies the stories complexity". (Irish Times). "Cleverly constructed, packed with vibrant and believable characters...It confirms him as one of the most original voices in the notably expanding field of Irish crime fiction." (Irish Independent). "Assured and grittily realistic tale from an author who is being compared to James Lee Burke and Ian Rankin". (Sunday Business Post).