"Peter Robinson is a master of his craft and I always enjoy the anticipation when a new book comes out..."
An ex-college lecturer is discovered dead on a railway line near his small cottage. He has been living a hand to mouth existence yet is found with £500 in his pocket. When DCI Banks and his team begin their investigation they find that the victim was asked to leave his job after complaints of harassment by two of his female students. Further investigation shows this to have been more complicated than appeared at first sight and the lecturer had made some bad enemies and only one good friend.
When links are found to the beautiful wife of an influential theatre producer, Banks is strongly urged by the powers that be to leave well alone. Of course, he doesn't. Unpleasant truths about the victim's colleagues and particularly about secrets rooted in the past emerge as the story proceeds. As always DCI Banks has to work a balancing act keeping his officers on board but he manages to keep all the balls in play until the last moment.