DCI Lambert works for Europol, the European police agency, and after many years spent at Thames Valley Police in England. He is one of their senior liaison officers.
A woman’s body has been discovered floating in the River Ardas in Northern Greece. She’d been buried in a communal grave along with other Islamic victims of drowning. Later it is revealed that she is actually an Englishwoman who has been living locally. The British government becomes suspicious, turns to Europol for help, and DCI Lambert is dispatched to Greece.
Once again Lambert meets up with Electra Boulos – now a Greek police detective sergeant in Orestiada and an old flame from the past – the official reason why Lambert is on this case, because it was she who discovered the identity of the dead woman.
People trafficking is a dirty business, often organized by Daesh and Al Qaeda themselves, not only for money, but as a way into Europe for terrorists.
The dead woman was once a journalist in the Middle East, and whilst currently a writer of murder mystery novels, she also turns out to have been involved with MI6 in the past. But Lambert is not impressed, and sets out to find the truth behind her murder, despite the official obstacles, and practiced lies.