For years drugs barons Ralph Ember and Mansel Shale have run their crooked empires peacefully alongside each other tolerated by Assistant Chief Constable Desmond Iles as way of keeping violence off the streets. But are things changing? Do Ember and Shale each long for sole control of the trade and the profits? Ember fears that Shale now wants to kill him and take over his firm. Iles and Detective Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur must urgently try to head off possible out-and-out carnage.
Germany 1927: The English filmmaker Henry Whitaker is on a desperate pilgrimage to the dying Weimer Republic. The Present Day: Henry's daughter Miranda is on a quest to understand what happened to her mother, a refugee Henry married in Germany at the end of the war. Did Henry, as his daughter has always supposed, drive his wife to her death? Or do Miranda's half-repressed childhood memories hint at an altogether more complex and extraordinary truth?
Ben Spencer is the ambitious young owner of The Blood Partnership, an online property marketing company. He has become heavily involved with the Westlake family - including becoming engaged to beautiful Caitlin Westlake - and now he's beginning to regret it. Then Ben's own family is targeted by the Westlakes. Now he must choose a side and it seems the only way out is death - but whose will it be?