Helen Black is the pen name of a solicitor who specialised in child care cases in a multi-ethnic provincial town. Damaged Goods is the first in a series of hard-hitting crime novels featuring Lilly Valentine, a solicitor who defends a child accused of killing her own drug-addicted mother. A Place of Safety sees Lilly dealing with people trafficking, rape, and murder. In Dishonour (all Avon), Lilly tackles intimidation and death among the Muslim community. Lilly's cases continue in Blood Rush, involving the terrifying violence of girl gangs, Dark Spaces, concerning a girl who could be either damaged or delusional, and Friendless Lane, in which she deals with a gang grooming vulnerable teenage girls. 2012 is a standalone thriller with the London Olympics as its setting (all Constable). Liberty's adventures continue in Bang to Rights (Constable).