Gently and Bacchus are called to Burnsend Colliery, a pit facing closure, where shop steward Arthur Hawkes has been murdered and his body left underground for some days. Fellow miners Billy and Panda are angry because they believe Arthur knew the pit was due to shut and had got a job elsewhere whilst Arthur disapproved of his daughter Hannah seeing young miner Joe Turner and his son held him responsible for his mother's early death. Three hundred pounds is found in Arthur's locker, his winnings from owning a racing greyhound. This leads to Gently uncovering a greyhound doping scandal but it is the revelation of a secret from a quarter of a century earlier which finally unmasks the killer.
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In the pub scene, when Gentley and Bacchus are having pints together, behind Gentley is a row of books. Some books can clearly be seen to be from the Readers Digest "World's Best Reading" Series, which were not published until the 1980s and 1990s. See more