There has been another murder.
The victim is a seventy-year-old man who was crossing a hospital car park, and he’s been shot twice. Grace finds out that the man is an ex-con who was in prison for many years for killing two police officer. His case was in the papers recently as he was released from jail to be given palliative care for his terminal cancer. Grace finds out that the bullets are identical to similar attacks to ex-cons, so that makes her think that there is someone out to deliver their particular sense of justice.
Ivo returns from Portugal, thinking that he has reached a dead end, but when he talks to Grace, he only has a group of names, and there is one that stands out. The rental where Mark Kirkby and Lance stayed belongs to Leonard Ingold. That same day Robyn has called Grace again, but since she is busy with the new murder, she sends Lance, and he gets her to tell him that her father left bags in the river. The following day Robyn sees the police using machinery in the river and they come across what her father had left there. A few days later ballistics tests come out, and they have found out there is a match between what they found in the river and the bullets in the crimes. So Grace is now going to arrest Leonard, and I wonder what this will do to her daughter. Even though she gave him away as she feels obliged by her sense of justice, this business is going to affect her hard, and she is so young. And if the truth comes out that she was who talked to the police, her relationship with her mother will suffer if her father is sent to prison.
There are a few reflections that I like in the novel. One of them is Grace considering Leonard’s part in the crimes. To his mind he is only providing guns, and what people do with them is not his business or his responsibility. Yet, Grace makes a good point about how all our actions affect others. Robyn also considers how her life has been comfortable with holidays abroad, private schools, and she now feels she can’t continue enjoying these things, knowing that they have been bought with money gained with the guns that have caused people’s deaths, one of which was her friend’s. I like how she makes a comparison about feeling indifferent to those who we don’t know like when we see photographs of children starving in Africa or refugees living in terrible conditions. Now she realizes that every person matters… every single life, and I think that is a beautiful and truthful thought.
Apart from this, we get to know Ivo a bit more and why he is the way he is. He remembers when he was a child and sent to boarding school as his mother was ill. When she died, nobody told hi until he returned home for the holidays, a long after his mother’s death, and neither his headmaster nor his father thought he needed to know. So since then, he admits he lost his faith in family, institutions, and he only believed in his job. That eventually turned him to the bottle, and he ended up with two failed marriages and a estranged daughter. I like how Ivo, who I found quite despicable in the first book, appears more humane, worrying about little Davey, and I think it is also sweet how much he likes Grace, and he wishes he were twenty years young and he could have a chance with this woman. Ivo is winning brownie points and growing on me.