England 1950... Death no longer has the power to shock. A country still struggling to come to terms with peace in the grip of austerity and rationing.
When the body of a man wearing a pinstriped suit is found in a secluded bay on Portland Island, Dorset, Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Alun Ryga is sent to investigate.
"Ryga studied the face of the dead man with interest. Death no longer had the power to shock him. He’d seen too much of it. That didn’t mean he didn’t feel sorrow, pity, anger or despair, or sometimes all four emotions and in such a swift succession that they became one. This time he felt none of these, only professional curiosity.”