Not every man in the public eye is honest; not every husband loves his wife . . .
George Hennessey, Detective Chief Inspector at Micklegate Bar Police Station in York, is contented in his work . . . until the body of ambitious news-hound Cornelius Weekes is discovered. With the help of loyal Detective Sergeant Yellich, Hennessey is determined to solve this case quickly. But the investigation into Weekes' apparent suicide burns a path to a whole host of unsolved cases: the murder of a mentally ill woman from a rich family; the bloody slaughter of another ambitious journalist; and the untimely end of a young man haunted by a terrible secret.
Delving deeper into these past cases, Hennessey and Yellich uncover a disturbing and corrupting truth . . .