Jimmy McGuire, a washed-up comic, is found dead on the streets of Inverness, his body garroted.
Back in the 1990s, McGuire had been half of a promising double act until his partner, Jack Dingwall, was convicted of rape. Soon, a second corpse is found in an abandoned industrial site on the edge of the Moray Firth. The body has been there for some days and has also been garroted. The victim turns out to be a former musician turned record producer who had also been the subject of rape allegations.
Meanwhile, DI Alec McKay and DCI Helena Grant are still wrestling with the fallout from one of their recent cases following an acquittal. As the body count rises, the police think they have the killer in their sights. But McKay is concerned that the evidence is too neat, so when he realises there will be a final victim, he fears that time is running out....
Also available in the best-selling DI Alec McKay series:
Candles and Roses
Death Parts Us