British by birth, crime novelist Peter Robinson moved to Canada after university and now divides his time between his home county of Yorkshire and Toronto. His first novel, Gallows View, introduced his iconic series lead Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks and became the first novel in an enduringly popular series. Now running to more than 20 novels, the series - which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017 – has also inspired a popular television adaptation, DCI Banks, starring Stephen Tomkinson.
A young local student has apparently committed suicide. Her body is found in an abandoned car on a lonely country road. She didn't own a car. Didn't even drive. How did she get there? Where did she die? Who moved her, and why? Meanwhile a man in his sixties is found dead in a gully up on the wild moorland. He is wearing an expensive suit and carrying no identification. Post-mortem findings indicate he died from injuries sustained during the fall. But what was he doing up there? And why are there no signs of a car in the vicinity?
As the inconsistencies multiply and the mysteries proliferate, Annie's father's new partner, Zelda, comes up with a shocking piece of information that alerts Banks and Annie to the return of an old enemy in a new guise. This is someone who will stop at nothing, not even murder, to get what he wants - and suddenly the stakes are raised and the hunt is on.