Chief Inspector Wexford and Insp. Burden continue the investigation of Melanie Akande's disappearance and the death of the last person to have seen her alive, employment counselor, Annette Bystock. While they find the man who broke into Bystock's house, he claims that the door was unlocked - and she was dead - when he got there. When they find the body of a young black woman, they believe they have found Melanie but have in fact made a terrible mistake leading Dr. and Mrs. Akande to accuse the police of racism. The young woman, only 17 years old, was beaten to death but yet another murder of a black woman deepens the mystery.
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I've decided that all European languages are really, really boring.
Det. Chief Insp. Reg Wexford
[Tongue in cheek
Oh, I'll inform Tolstoy, Balzac, and Shakespeare immediately.