"The ending is possibly the rawest piece of writing I have encountered for a long while...
In the final pages of the second book, 'A House of Knives', Detective Cathal Breen's collar bone was shattered by a bullet, and now, we find him recuperating in the Devon farm owned by Helen Tozer's parents.
Tozer has retired from the force, and she is haunted still by the unsolved murder of her 16-year-old sister, Alexandra on the family farm five year's previously. Her body had been mutilated in a very precise manner - a manner which had never been made public. Also on the farm is a young hippy called Hibou, who seems to have taken Alexandra's place in the family, much to Helen's dismay. Having time on his hands, Breen takes an interest in the case, and things start happening. The original investigating officer, Milkwood, goes missing, and so does Helen Tozer herself. Then a body turns up, mutilated in almost the same way as Alexandra.
He returns to London to continue his unofficial investigations, and soon discovers a connection to the Mau Mau Uprising in Kenya in the 1950s. When he returns to Devon, Breen himself finds that he may become another victim of the murderer.