With his boss recovering from a heart attack, Deputy Chief Constable Bob Skinner is filling his shoes – and that means more time behind a desk. But he’s about to be provided with more drama than he could ever want. One of the world’s most ruthless terrorists is on his way to Edinburgh – and he can only have one thing on his mind: the forthcoming conference of world Heads of Government. If Skinner doesn’t pick up his trail fast, he could have a global disaster in his backyard.
While all eyes are focused on the terrorist threat, a terminally ill woman is found dead – an apparent suicide. But a policewoman sees the subtle marks of an assisted death – and therefore, according to the law, murder. It is the beginning of an ominous pattern.