In rain-drenched Vancouver, detectives Dion and Leith work to separate truth from lies in two seemingly unrelated cases.
February is the month of romance, but in North Vancouver it’s also become the month of murder. While the North Shore RCMP slog through the rain in the search for whoever left a young woman to die in the Riverside Secondary School parking lot — their first clue a Valentine’s Day card — a toddler mysteriously vanishes from a Riverside Drive home in the midst of a dinner party.
With Constable JD Temple's full attention on the parking lot murder, Constables Dave Leith and Cal Dion work the kidnap … until a tenuous connection is made between the two cases, along with the thinnest ray of hope that the child could be alive and well in the hands of a childless couple. But when more tragedy rains down on the North Shore, lies must be unveiled before the ugly truth can emerge.
In Greenaway's slow-moving fifth crime novel focused on members of the North Vancouver, British Columbia, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (after 2019's Flights and Falls), memory-impaired Det. Calvin Dion, who drags his heavy backstory through the book, and his conflicted partner, Det. David Leith, who has more than enough problems of his own, are called to the parking lot of a secondary school late one night to investigate the murder of the school janitor. The two are later summoned to the home of middle-aged Perry Vale and his new young wife, Gemma. During a dinner party, Gemma went to check on her baby, and found the crib empty. Is it a kidnapping? The detectives spend a lot of time wandering around as if they were hoping to hear confessions. They and their colleagues also worry about their love lives, medical conditions, and the disciplinary problems Dion could be facing. Series fans may enjoy the poking and prodding into Dion's murky past, but others will likely find it tedious. This is not the place to start for newcomers.