The body of a prominent business lawyer is found naked and shackled to a frame following a house fire.
Six weeks earlier, his wife, a nurse, has discovered he owns the property. Unconvinced by her husband’s explanations, she obtains spare keys and makes some surprising discoveries.
DI Strong is put out by the imposition of a new DCI over him. When he is called to the sudden death of a transsexual whose body had lain undiscovered for over a year in her bath, a card with the words Talisman Club is noticed on her bedside table. But with no cause to arouse suspicion, the case is dismissed as just another sad incident.
Souter is alerted to rumours of bribery and corruption involving council officials and a Scottish property developer, associated with a project that attracts government and European funding. His investigations uncover connections to the mysterious Talisman Club, attracting dangerous attention.
Are there links between the lawyer, the transsexual and the property deal? What is the secretive Talisman Club? Strong and Souter put themselves in extreme peril by trying to unlock the truth.