This is a departure for Barry Maitland. Set in Australia, the novel follows a flawed policeman, the son of a famous judge. His wife is blind following..Show More » an accident in which both his parents died. A series of disturbing events lead what appears to be a relatively ordinary murder into much more complicated territory. I was shocked in a few places by the graphic descriptions and would have called it a day but I was already too gripped. Highly recommended.