This time Banks is confronted with some very personal and terrifying situations. As always, he is his own man, looking always to solve the crime in the most pragmatic and sensible way, with little time for those anxious to pursue their own advancement. This leads him into conflict with those anxious to make a good impression, but in the end his success at tying up the crimes leaves him in control.
His personal life is very much to the forefront in this book as he has to confront his relationship with his daughter and with Annie Cabot, both of whom find themselves in great danger. The beauty of Banks is that he is a very human creation who deals with his problems in a very human and realistic way, not always in the most sensible and sensitive manner. He is a very rounded character, with his likes and dislikes, his good points and bad.
The story is very exciting and the pace winds up right to the end. I look forward to each new Peter Robinson as I know I am in for a very good read, and this was no exception.