""Jack Irish, a detective now firmly ensconced in our hearts, truly excels in this latest excellent thriller. " "
Jack Irish, Melbourne's irascible lawyer and detective is commissioned to find Robbie Colburne, an itinerant barman, who has disappeared. With other worries in his personal and professional life, Jack pays scant attention to his missing person's inquiry until the barman turns up dead of an apparent overdose.
Determined to get to the bottom of the case, Jack investigates Robbie's past and his links with the powerful Milan Filipovic. Robbie, it seems, had a sideline in blackmail, with a prominent judge his latest victim. But. perhaps more mystifying, Robbie's past has been deliberately concealed for reasons Jack Irish intends to discover. His investigations, as usual, lead into murder, extortion and the heart of Australia's underworld.