Fog on the Tyne is a trilogy, covering three murder cases which were investigated by D.C.I. Jack Renton, a dysfunctional old-school detective.
Resident Fear is set in a context of political intrigue, social unrest and organised crime. There is also a backdrop of high technology being bridled by ethics protesters, and government cover-ups.
Frankenstein involves a serial killer who uses the internet to embarrass the police, by posting relevant information for public consumption. Such a cat and mouse scenario annoys Renton intensely, as it is effectively a window for the world into his department.
The Red Kite Killings is Renton’s last case. He has to return from a vacation to inspect a body which has been recovered from the River Tyne. He becomes obsessed with an old case because of the almost identical M.O. His team shows concern about such delusional behaviour, until a second corpse is reported. He begins to suspect a copycat killer, but why?