A woman is found murdered after an internet date. The marks left on her body show the police that they are dealing with a particularly vicious killer.
Under pressure from the media to find the murderer, the force know there’s only one man for the job. But Harry Hole is reluctant to return to the place that almost took everything from him. Until he starts to suspect a connection between this killing and his one failed case.
When another victim is found, Harry realises he will need to put everything on the line if he’s to finally catch the one who got away.