For some time, DI Don McIntyre, for not entirely professional reasons, has been attempting to bring down Middlesbrough crime lord, Tony Pike. Despite his best efforts, Don is continually thwarted, with Pike constantly evading the DI’s net.
As he uncovers some harsh truths behind the murder of a local priest, an opportunity arises for McIntyre to have another go at nailing his nemesis, and he makes plans accordingly.
Meanwhile, truths are coming to light closer to home. In particular about his girlfriend who, for reasons he can’t fathom, has been distancing herself from him; and about his father, who has been keeping a heart-rending secret.
As a policeman, Don knows that people lie and wear false faces for many reasons, and this is brought home forcefully. Don is to learn that so many of those around him, even those closest to him, are not always what they seem. There are, whether in a hardened criminal or a law abiding citizen, no easy truths lurking below the surface.