A city is mourning. The local soccer team's star midfielder has been murdered, bizarrely poisoned in an apparently motiveless killing. Then a bomb blast rips through the stadium. Dozens lie dead; many more are injured. Is it a terrorist attack or a vendetta against the team? Or something even more sinister? As he lies in a hospital bed, psychologist and profiler Dr. Tony Hill struggles to make sense of the fragments of information he manages to gather. Meanwhile, his customary ally, Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan, is being pushed to the margins of the investigation by intelligence services determined to prove themselves indispensable. It wouldn't be so bad if Tony and Carol could agree about who they're looking for. But both are at odds as they have never been before. Canadian crime readers love Val McDermid's Tony Hill and Carol Jordan together. With every new book in the series--The Last Temptation was the most recent and was a bestseller in Canada-- and with the re-airing of The Wire in the Blood television series on Showcase, McDermid's stature as an international sensation will continue to grow.