D/I Joe Faraday is dead. His colleagues, led by D/S Jimmy Suttle, gather for his funeral at Porchester Crematorium. The sole surviving member of Faraday’s family is his deaf-mute son, Joe Junior. At the packed service, Suttle reads Faraday’s favourite poem while J-J enacts a dance from his youth.
A car accident during a holiday in the Middle East lands Faraday in a hospital packed with the maimed from Gaza, where he embarks on a wild scheme to adopt a horribly burned Palestinian girl.
Portsmouth is a city on the ropes, a poor, dirty but spirited city, with a soaring crime rate. And it is home for DI Joe Faraday. Now Emma Maloney's dad has gone missing. Faraday thinks he may have been murdered. But these days, a hunch is not enough.
DI Joe Faraday's Management Assistant, Vanessa Parry, is dead, killed in a head-on car smash. Her funeral is a bitter end to another grim week in the front line of the ongoing war against Portsmouth's surging crimewave.
A young girl falls to her death, and the shadowy figure of a young boy is caught on CCTV. DI Joe Faraday is on the case, but his investigation is hampered when resources are switched to a murder enquiry prompted by the discovery of the body of a small time crook on wasteland north of the city.