Six corpses have appeared in the cobbled backstreets of St. Andrews in recent times, all known spousal abusers who suffered the same gruesome fate: stabbed to death in the left eye. But with no new leads left to explore, DCI Andy Gilchrist is forced off the case. What is the significance of the left eye? Gilchrist can't seem to focus on anything else, and with his career and his reputation on the line, he vows to catch the Stabber even if it means he must do it alone.
When a woman's skeleton is discovered in a shallow grave, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Gilchrist is tasked with finding her murderer. But a psychic's warnings, coupled with markings on a rusted cigarette lighter found among the rotted remains, take Gilchrist on a journey into his own past - a journey that brings him closer to discovering the identity of the person whokilled his brother in a hit-and-run case some thirty-five years before.