When an old childhood friend visits him, asking for his help with a case of police brutality, Daniel wants nothing to do with it. But obligations are obligations, and he soon finds himself on the wrong end of police attention, and dragged into the shady business of a local gangster. But there is far more at stake than he could ever have anticipated - including the mystery of what happened to his mother, who disappeared months after he was born.
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When lawyer Daniel Connell receives a visit from his troublemaking old flame, Victoria, pleading for his help, he looks for any excuse not to get involved. But no one else believes her pleas of innocence, and Daniel can see she is terrified. As he enters Vick's life once more, Daniel's search for truth leads from the dark heart of Essex to the mountains of Afghanistan and a terrifying world where monsters are real - and nothing is sacred.
Even the dead like to keep their secrets.... When William Gove, a dying millionaire and patriarch of a vast estate in Essex, asks Daniel Connell to execute his will, Daniel has no idea what he's getting himself into. Rather than leave his fortune to his three children, Gove has chosen 10 names at random from the phone book. When he dies, Daniel sets out to track down the recipients.