".. an elegant cliff-hanger of a story"
Back in the Yorkshire Dales the body of a set designer from the local theatre is found hanging from a tree in a local beauty spot. Although there seems no apparent reason for Mark Hardcastle to kill himself, suicide seems to be the obvious solution. DI Annie Cabbot takes charge as DCI Alan Banks is away in London with the new love of his life, Sophia. However, when the body of Laurence Silbert is discovered in an exclusive residential area, the Chief Constable is interested and DCI Banks is called away from his enjoyable weekend.
The easy way to solve the two deaths is to think murder followed by the suicide of the murderer, but Banks follows his instincts and unravels a more subtle and complicated solution. Added to this the involvement of MI6 and a number of the great and the good all make for an elegant cliff-hanger of a story.