Inspector Cloud Maslin investigates a murder in a prosperous leafy suburb, where the genteel sheen seems to have an underlayer of seedy distrust. The subtle stink of decadence and immorality is disturbing, when inhaled among beautiful antiques and family silver. What secrets are to be unearthed in Claremont?
Maslin takes on a new partner, Senior Sergeant Martina Williams. His fiancee leaves him for reasons he's known for some time. His peace of mind is rattled by a baffling case with a shattering conclusion.