Elizabeth Gallacher develops a circle of compelling characters that travel through the novel but whom you never really trust. She keeps you on your toes as you try to fit together the jigsaw puzzle of clues. She has created an old fashioned murder mystery and mis-directs the reader attempts to guess the solution. The analysis of the murderer's mind is left to the reader, she merely reports the facts.Set in the 1950's against the backdrop of McCarthy's America and post war Europe the author paints a picture of the landscape in which the characters are operating. It informs their decisions and plays on their fears.