""...sparkles with London wit..."
The body of a well-dressed man is found in a car repair yard in Davey's Lane, Shepherd's Bush. He has no ID, and DCI Bill Slider and his team have little to go on as they start their investigations. But eventually a masseur identifies him as someone called Leo King, and states that he was someone's 'right hand man'. She gives the police an address for King's flat, which Slider's team discover has been methodically turned over in an unsuccessful attempt to find something, unsuccessful. Slider's men eventually find a memory stick with a video of an ex-MP and now London Assembly member called Kevin Rathkeane enjoying himself with two male prostitutes. They also discover that King's real name was Leon Kimmelman, and he worked for a man called Charles Holdsworth.
As Slider's team investigate further, it is drawn into the murky world of property developers, corrupt politicians, rent boys, local government, and dodgy money. Along the way they meet Silverman, who is married to Holdsworth's sister Myra. Are they the murderers? or is it Holdsworth? Or his wife, who has decided to turn the tables on her bullying husband? Or indeed, is it Eli Sampson, who rents the car repair yard in Davey's Lane?