"...DI Tony McLean could well be a John Rebus in the making."
Every Christmas a young woman is found murdered in Edinburgh. She is naked, washed and had her throat cut. The Christmas Killer stalked the city for ten years, claiming ten victims.
Twelve years later and the killer is murdered in prison by a fellow inmate in a targeted attack. For DI Tony McLean this is the end of a personal and difficult chapter in his life; the final victim was his fiancée Kirsty Summers. He found her body, he found the killer's torture chamber and he put the killer behind bars.
As Christmastime approaches, not a good time of the year for DI McLean, the body of a young woman, naked, washed and with her throat cut, is found. Is this the work of the Christmas killer? Was the real killer found or is there a copycat picking up the baton?
DI McLean must face demons from his past and present in order to find a killer and remain professional before the hunt consumes his sanity.