Khokar is forced to retire after Gabriel rumbles that he had Petra try and kill Gatehouse. Gabriel is summoned by the retired Commander Penney who tells him that Counterpoint was a scheme set up to get dirty money from crooks via supposed laundering in order to finance police pensions. Wratten's discovery of this sealed his fate,thanks to the always trigger-happy ex-Secret Service man Gatehouse who was employed by Counterpoint. Beatty alerts Gabriel to Bede's deal with Babur and Ratallack but is not prepared for a change of plan. As villains fall out Gabriel goes to meet Gatehouse in a deserted rural location for a final showdown.
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[in the maternity unit, Patterson visits Mrs. Gabriel and her newborn son
Do you know what, Mrs. Gabriel? I don't think there's anyone, you, me, your husband, even this little fellow here when he grows up, who can absolutely say, without any shadow of a doubt, what side of the line they stand. No. I think the best that any of us can ever hope for is... well, just to walk it.