Detective Sergeant Jimmy Suttle works in the Devon and Cornwall police. He is called to a murder scene - the victim is sitting at the wheel of his car on a lonely moorland road, shot in the head. Jimmy has personal problems since his wife has left him and he rarely sees his young daughter Grace. He throws himself into the investigation of Michael Corrigan's death and of consequent deaths by gunshot that show similarities to the Corrigan murder.
His estranged wife, Lizzie, has returned to her previous career of journalism and is pursuing a story about Afghanistan. She feels herself to be 'within touching distance' of the big story that could make her name. Her pursuit of that story enables some excellent discussion of the British participation in the war in Afghanistan.
Suttle's efforts on the murders gradually bring him to some inkling of the connections between the deaths and he faces a very difficult situation as events come to a head. The story is well told with the experiences of Jimmy and Lizzie nicely juxtaposed and reaching a final triumphant conclusion.
Reviewer Jennifer S Palmer
This is the second book to feature D. S. Jimmy Suttle, the first was The Western Approaches. Graham Hurley has written a number of stand-alone books and a series about Detective Inspector Joe Faraday.
Jennifer Palmer Throughout my reading life crime fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my 15 years as an expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands & the USA but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics including Famous Historical Mysteries.
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