"...cements his status as a future heir to Rankin's throne."
A family lies slaughtered in an isolated house in North East Fife.
Morag Weatherly and her two young daughters have been shot by husband Andrew, an influential member of the Scottish Parliament, before he turned the gun on himself.
But what would cause a rich, successful man to snap so suddenly?
For inspector Tony McLean, this apparently simple but high-profile case leads him into a world of power and privilege. And the deeper he digs, the more he realises he's being manipulated by shadowy factions.
Under pressure to wrap up the case, McLean seeks to uncover layers of truth - putting the lives of everyone he cares about at risk.