'Frank Lean's novels, featuring stroppy Manchester private eye Dave Cunane have evolved into beguiling entertainments, skilfully interweaving the righting of wrongs with a knockabout violence and comic dialogue' Sunday Times
Depths of corruption at the height of the premier league. A baby girl is kidnapped and -500,000 is demanded for her return. Due to the unusual nature of her father's work, he refuses to contact the police, but attempts to handle the situation himself. A famous international footballer hires Dave Cunane, head of Pimpernel Investigations, to track down the girl's kidnappers. Cunane soon realises that his new employers are involved in some highly illegal activities in the premiership. As he digs in the case, it emerges that, in role reversal, some of Manchester's more successful criminals are being blackmailed. There is an increasing amount of extortion and murder taking place. And while there is a certain satisfaction in criminals getting their comeuppance, Cunane knows deep in his heart he has to stop the violence.