Harrowing, near-fatal case for both Welsh-born Detective Inspector Huw Evans--the dourest of heroes--and Isis somewhat insensitive sidekick, Sgt. Beddoes, whose investigation into an Indian restaurant bombing turns up an on-site vagrant murder as well--and propels, them into numerous terrorist situations with Middle Eastern Fanatics, Irish nationists, and police cross-fires. Sent to Ireland to infiltrate the terrorists, Beddoes is ambushed by a brutal love rival, and hospitalized with a blown kneecap: meanwhile, Huw meets and fishes with brilliant, wily Irish firebrand Sean Daly, then returns to London, still unclear what the "curry plot" is all about. Then come the demands: terrorists have taken hostages, who are joined by Huw--as replacement for a pregnant girl, and a sign of the government's good faith. Despite extreme degradation, cold, filth, hunger, and beating, Huw manages to thwart the terrorists via a cricket-match code and dreams of fair Jane, his reporter lover, but is devastated when her ties to Sean and Ireland are revealed. Almost incomprehensible dialects, but, otherwise, a worthwhile glimpse into English/Irish mind-sets. And, finally, Huw is softening a wee bit.