This is a novel about misguided revenge and misplaced trust. As in all the novels in this series a serial killer is on the loose. Complicating things for Inspector Adamsburg is the fact that a new officer has joined his squad - a man from Adamsburg’s childhood, from a neighboring village who has, apparently, come for revenge for a painful and traumatic event that he believes Adamsburg was responsible for. As the investigation proceeds, Adamsburg gets the feeling that he is being deliberately led down a path. The obvious candidate is the new member of the squad, but things are not always quite as they seem.
As always, the writing and the translation are excellent, the plot is satisfyingly complicated, and the characters are distinctive and well drawn.