Steve Burford lives in one of the less well-to-do areas of Malvern mentioned in the novel. When not writing in a variety of genres under a variety of names, he tries to teach drama to teenagers. He has only occasionally been in trouble with the police.
Detecive Sergeant Dave Lyon is assigned to Detective Inspector Claire Summerskill’s team as part of the Service’s ‘positive discrimination policy’, no-one at Foregate Street Station is happy, includeing Summerskill and Lyon.
While investigating a murder they are forced to question not only their relationship with each other but with the Foregate Street Station and the Police Service as a whole.