17 August 2017.
Bristol based Private Investigator Jack Shepherd is an ex-policeman who usually has a good working relationship with the local police, mainly because he steers clear of treading on official toes by intruding into current cases. However, the case of the murder of Alfie Barnes is different. Alfie is the younger brother of Jack’s friend and lover, Linda. Jack is very close to the Barnes family and Linda had supported Jack and his daughter, Chrissie, when Jack’s wife, Emily, was dying of cancer. Alfie had high-functioning autism, he had been clever and funny and vulnerable, and Jack suspects that somebody had exploited his skill with computers and unravelling puzzles to do something illegal and dangerous. He feels guilty that he is not doing all he can to discover who murdered Alfie, as if he is failing his friends.