The Major Investigation Team of Police Scotland ‘P’ Division is called in to assist when the son of two prominent doctors goes missing only weeks before his wedding.
DI Mark McManus teams up again with DC Gill Edwards to reluctantly investigate, after all it’s not what the MIT was designed for, and it’s way beneath his pay grade. But when the missing man’s car turns up in the murky water of a flooded quarry their interest is heightened. Especially when the car is eventually dragged from the depths.
Is it a murder? A suicide? Or an accident? Was this a lovers’ quarrel gone wrong? And where is his fiancée?
There are more questions than answers and when it comes to light that the fiancée and her friend spent the weekend at a party in her drug-dealing brother’s house, then things take a more sinister turn. The body count grows as Edwards and McManus battle each other, and neither can forget the secrets they hold over each other from their last murder case. As well as their shared dark past, they also share growing concerns that all is not as it seems in the housing schemes of Cowdenbeath.
The events at the party become the focus of attention as one after another of those involved turn up dead. Once again the questions have to be asked. Is it a murder, suicide or an accident?
McManus takes us on a journey through this, at times intense, investigation, uncovering secret after secret as he goes along. But his frustrations start to show as his boss gets involved, more concerned about his budgets than solving crime, and tries to steer the case to an early conclusion.
With other ideas, McManus pursues the investigation in his own style, but his unorthodox ways lead to confrontation with command and threatens his whole career. His affairs with married women don’t help either, and his pursuit of pleasure crosses with his job, and pushes him further down the track of his private pursuit of a corrupt senior officer