"There is great excitement about this book and I can see why."
DI Tony McLean is a copper through and through. Even when off duty he can’t help finding out if he can be of any assistance at the scene of a brutal murder. A well-known local figure has been found in his study, sat in a chair, naked and with his throat cut. The killer also placed a slice of the victim’s own body part in his mouth. This new killing leads to other murders that bear a remarkable similarity and as they are all well-known figures in the community, the big names from on high want a fast result.
In amongst all this killing DI McLean is given a very cold case indeed. The mummified remains of a young girl are found in a sealed room in the cellar of a house which once belonged to a famous family. As the victim was murdered about 1945 the force are not so worried about finding the killer who is more than likely to be dead themselves. However, as facts start to trickle in McLean finds that one case may very well be the catalyst for the other. At the same time McLean’s grandmother dies and with it a wealth of questions die with her but the scant information McLean finds out about his own family’s past leads to awkward and unsettling questions about his own identity.