Charlie Bronski, US Air Force security expert turned successful cookery writer, now lives the quiet life with his wife beside the sea in Denmark. So why would anyone plant a bomb under his car?
Recognising it as a professional job, Charlie asks for help from the people who set him up in his new life. They want a favour in return: for him to kill a middle-aged man, a trainee priest who caused them some problems - surely an easy task for someone with Charlie's military training.
But that man is ex-copper, ex-criminal, Jimmy Costello, a man with powerful friends - and powerful enemies. Will Charlie's past catch up with him before he catches up with Jimmy - and will Jimmy make it through alive?
The third in James Green's critically acclaimed series featuring his hardboiled former London detective.