Someone is out to send Johnny Mac to heaven - at least that's what Rose is expected to believe. But when someone leaves an explosive device in an empty office, the policeman plays a perilous game to find the motive.
CI Rose and DS Swift find themselves up against a man determined to see the Inspector drummed out of the force.'Your head will roll for this, Rose. And all I can say is that I never saw a better shape for rolling!'
A confusing case for CI Rose. Day one: a girl almost gets strangled and her husband vanishes. Day two: he returns and gets strangled, and then the wife vanishes. What's amiss? Rose has 24 hours to solve the mystery.
Tommy Fryer is a very methodical man. On May 3, he had one shilling. May 6, one shilling and sixpence. May 11 - five shillings. Entries in a cash book which lead CI Rose and DS Swift into a most unusual affair.
Why do people become policemen? Someone has to do the job. But this is one time Rose wishes he had chosen another profession. Digging into the private lives of strangers isn't the most social activity.
Murder comes in all shapes and all sizes. The victim can be a person's mother, niece or brother. Rose gets the impression that all is not as it first appears when he is asked to investigate a murder in family circles.