Oxford private detective ZoĂ« Boehm turns up dead in Newcastle, launching her friend Sarah Tucker into an investigation with several leadsâ€”but no one she can trust.
When a body is hauled from the River Tyne, Sarah Tucker heads to Newcastle for a closer look. She identifies the dead woman as private detective ZoĂ« Boehm, but putting a name to the corpse only raises further questions. Did ZoĂ« kill herself, or did one of her old cases come back to haunt her? Why was she wearing the jacket a murderer had stolen years before? And whatâ€™s brought Sarahâ€™s former sparring partner Gerard Inchon to the same broken-down hotel where sheâ€™s staying? Coincidence is an excuse that soon appears pretty unconvincing. Sarah canâ€™t leave until sheâ€™s found the answers to her questions, however dangerous they might turn out to be.