A serial killer is executed in a courtroom surrounded by police.
Who in their right mind would take such a risk? And why?
But in a South of France being torn apart by anti-British protests and deadly wildfires, nothing is as it seems.
Amidst the chaos, DI Barney Mains must somehow distinguish friend from foe.
For he has been landed with the victim’s dying wish.
And it’s something he just has to do.
Even if it kills him…
About Jim McGhee
Jim McGhee’s a former award-winning environmental journalist. Based in East Lothian, near Edinburgh, Scotland, he spends much of each year (in normal times) in the South of France, the main setting for the DI Barney Mains series, with tolerant wife Jean and rampant Irish Terrier, Jack. After a full-on career as a campaigning newspaper reporter, he and Jean launched their own recruitment company in central Edinburgh and for twelve fun-packed years worked closely together alongside their brilliant team – without spilling a single drop of blood. The Alpes-Maritimes and Var departments, on the other hand, have provided a host of dramatic locations just perfect as inspiration for the odd spot of fictional gore. Locals, blessed with scenery ranging from unspoiled mountain villages to the classic palms-and-marinas coast, claim that they can be swimming one moment and skiing a little over an hour later. Though when not writing or travelling en famille, Jim’s more likely to be off on a hike in the hills with his ever-ready buddy, Jack.