When Harry Cram, an Investigative Journalist recently returns from Australia to settle back into Portobello he has no idea that he will become involved in one of Scotland’s most notorious revenge killings.
After a visit to prison to see a friend he bumps into an old school girl friend. They begin an affair that has to be hidden from her husband Alf "Billy Hunter" Hunter, one of Edinburgh's most sadistic and malevolent criminals, who is currently serving a long prison sentence and still running his drug dealing empire from within the prison walls. On Friday thirteenth of November Harry's life is turned upside down when he finds his partner and her two daughters murdered in 66 Windsor Place. Now he has to deal with not only the police but her criminal husband.
Harry and two close friends team up to create their own private investigation into the murders. Things become more complicated a week later when Alf Hunter’s solicitor is found dead at a beach south of Portobello with a single gunshot wound to the head. DCI James Scully (Harry’s lifelong friend) is put in charge of both cases, jeopardising their long term friendship.
In the middle of all the turmoil Harry has to urgently visit China where his daughter from his first marriage is dangerously ill. While in China he receives some stunning information from his contacts in Shanghai that throws the investigation upside down. Systematically some of the people who may have the answers to the crimes start to die. The Scottish police force hold the key to solving the crime. Or do they?