After the traumatic conclusion of his last case DI Dave Slater and DS Samantha Brearley are sent off to the North of England on a dead-end case. Unknown to Slater his close friend and former colleague Norman Norman has been tasked with finding his missing ex-girlfriend Jenny Radstock.
Things quickly take a sinister turn, however, when Norman is asked to go and identify a body lying on a mortuary slab. He’s told it’s a tragic case of accidental overdose but Norman’s not convinced, and once he and sidekick Naomi Darling start to ask questions things rapidly start to unravel. Before long they find themselves plunged into the dark and grimy world of derelict squats and drug dealers.
Can they untangle the complex web of informants, drug lords, and stolen mobile phones? And why does Norman get the feeling Superintendent Bradshaw knows more than he’s letting on?
Only one thing’s certain: life will never be quite the same again for Norman, Darling, or Slater.