When a body is found after a flood, the secrets of a tempestuous life surface with it. Deputy Chief Constable Bob Skinner has kept the existence of his hated brother Michael hidden for years. As he relives their past conflict, other demons threaten his future. For not only are his professional enemies circling, but Sarah, his wife, seems set on a course for calamity. Can Skinner surmount the greatest challenges of his life... and if he does, will he ever be the same? Meanwhile, in an Edinburgh art gallery, his team confront a shocking and very public case of arson. Was it a political protest, or something much deeper?
Having spent the first part of his working life trying, with modest success, to persuade journalists to accept his version of the truth about politicians and PR clients, Quintin Jardine took to crime-writing both naturally and with relief. He is the author of twelve previous Bob Skinner novels and six Oz Blackstone novels.