Jimmy Stone died of a broken heart. Literally. Someone put a sharp object between Jimmy's ribs and pushed - hard. He was found sitting in a circle with three other corpses in a London flat - a deadly mystery right in the middle of DS Stella Mooney's patch.
But it's a tough case. Stella feels like she's going round in circles, chasing leads from vice girls to Internet rings to gangsters, getting deeper and deeper into the swamp of the London underworld. And with a personal life in crisis, nightmares that wake her at 3.00am and a vodka habit, Stella's trying to keep it together long enough to catch the killer.
The problem is, the nearer she gets to solving the case the closer the rest of her life comes to falling apart . . .