Rosie Williams died the way she’d lived: ugly.
It starts with a prostitute, stripped naked and beaten to death in the heart of Aberdeen’s red light district. For DS Logan McRae it’s a bad start to another bad day; no longer the golden boy of Grampian Police he’s been palmed off on a DI everyone knows is a jinx, waiting for the axe to fall with all the other rejects in the ‘Screw-Up Squad’.
Summertime in the Granite City, the sun is shining, the sky is blue, and the morgue is getting crowded: burnt bodies, murdered junkies, dismembered Labradors, and battered prostitutes. And as if that wasn’t enough to worry about, there’s a PC lying in Accident and Emergency with a bullet in him, and it’s all Logan’s fault.
Half of Grampian Police aren’t talking to him, Inspector Napier from ‘Professional Standards’ is hell-bent on getting him fired, and DI Steel takes the credit for anything he does right. It’s going to be one of those weeks.