When Darren Chivers, a small-time drug dealer, narrowly escapes a drug arrest, he begins to develop a different sort of criminal activity. Blackmail proves lucartive, but ultimately dangerous. When Chivers is murdered, Chief Superintendent Lambert, DS Hook and the rest of the team uncover a variety of suspects in the murky world where Chivers operated.
As the dead man’s contacts are interviewed, it emerges that a verger in Gloucester cathedral, a senior telecoms executive, an upmarket clothes boutique owner, an ex-policeman, and even a vicar’s wife all had reasons to want the blackmailer out of their lives. Secrets tumble out as the investigation progresses. The solution to the puzzle is as startling as it is shocking.