A killer in total control. A detective on the edge. A mystery that HAS to be solved. DI Thomas Ridpath was on the up in the Manchester CID: a promising young detective whose first case involved capturing a notorious serial killer.
But 10 years later he's recovering from a serious illness and on the brink of being forced out of the police.
Then people start dying: tortured, murdered, in an uncanny echo of Ridpath's first case.
As the investigation intensifies, old bodies go missing, records can't be found and the murder count grows.
Caught in a turf war between the police and the coroner's office, digging up skeletons some would rather forget, Ridpath is caught in a race against time: a race to save his career, his marriage. And lives.