Here, in an outing reminiscent of Final Cut (1991), Toronto Inspector Charlie Salter's personal life is more absorbing than his caseload--which now includes the murder of moderately unlikable Maurice Lyall, a teacher at Bathurst Community College, and the alibis of various of Lyall's colleagues on the Search Committee that had just nominated him for Dean of Related Studies. But the case keeps Charlie distracted from his major worry: the progress, or lack of it, that his father is making since suffering a stroke. Days spent listening to academic backbiting and nights spent in a hospital waiting room, peeking in on his dad between stints of writing up a case-in-progress journal, keep Charlie on edge, but a bit of luck narrows the suspect list--just as Charlie's father's health rebounds. Minimalist plot, and few will care about the faculty and its infighting. As a father-son study, however, there's much to recommend in Charlie's guilt over not liking his dad, and his sensitive son Seth's love and liking of both his father and grandfather.