Under the watchful, worried eye of his wife Christine, Chief Superintendent John Lambert hopes to solve one last case before he’s forced to retire from the CID.
Turning Greenwood Comprehensive into a first-rate school, fit to compete with the likes of nearby Cheltenham College for Boys, has earned Headteacher Peter Logan many accolades. But it’s clearly made him his share of enemies, too, since one of them shot him in the head on his way home from a conference in Birmingham. So Lambert and DS Bert Hook (Death on the Eleventh Hole, 2002, etc.) round up the logical suspects, starting with Logan’s disenchanted wife Jane. Logan’s mistresses bear watching as well, especially since he just threw over 30-something Tamsin Phillips for barely legal Liza Allen. So does Steve Fenton, Jane’s lover. But there are those whose grudge against Logan is professional rather than personal—like pusher Daniel Price, who’s hoping to score big by introducing the sixth formers to Ecstasy, and pedophile Martin Sheene, who’s just hoping to score. Slowly, methodically, Lambert and Hook question suspects, check alibis, read coroner’s reports, and ultimately trap a killer.
Like your favorite high-school English teacher, Lambert’s winning sixth is both dependable and inventive—and likely to delight procedural fans on both sides of the pond.