Two years ago, SAS hard man Simon Tabor got away with murder. Tabor prefers to call it retribution - retribution for the brutal rape and killing of his younger sister in a brothel on the Costa Del Sol.
Now he's been unofficially drafted in by the Met police to help in a new murder enquiry. A young girl has washed up on an English beach with an intricate orchid tattooed on her groin - a similar design to one discovered on his dead sister.
As Romanian brothel owners are ritually massacred around Britain, while in Spain millionaire orchid expert Dr Felix Blake nears the end of a sinister experiment in bioengineering, Tabor begins to see a pattern emerging. The pattern's key is the tattoo. The tattoo marks the death of mankind as we know it...
Fans of action-packed revenge fiction who don't mind contrivances and stock situations will best appreciate former reporter Boswell's thriller debut. SAS Capt. Simon Tabor's life changed after his 15-year-old sister, Emma, disappeared on a backpacking trip in Morocco. While Simon succeeded in tracing her to Spain, he was unable to save her life. Two years later, London Det. Chief Insp. Alan Landon tells Simon that several recent murder victims bear the same flower tattoo as Emma had before she died and persuades him to unofficially aid the police by going to Spain to pursue the tattoos' origin. In Spain, Simon joins forces with the standard attractive female bent on the same mission, Romanian Anca Aron. While the secret behind the kidnapping ring is something new, not much else is, including a bad guy who considerately puts a deathtrap on time-delay so that Simon and Anca have time to plot an escape.