The killer's modus operandi is the same in each instance: strangulation, always with a guitar string, pulled tight from behind until life is taken. And though the murders are happening up and down the country, there is one other similarity that Inspector Wilkins can't help noticing. Each and every victim is a psychotherapist...
BIRDS OF PASSAGE
Alice Pickering and Ellen Walsh didn't want their husbands to die, but they did want to survive them for the cruise. It would be such fun, just the two of them on a boat, decently widowed at last. But the sea holds hidden perils for women of a certain age...
THE ELECTED MEMBER
Norman is the clever one of a close-knit Jewish family in the East End of London. A brilliant barrister, the apple of his parents' eyes - until at forty-one he becomes a drug addict. For Norman, his committal to a mental hospital represents the ultimate act of betrayal. For Norman's father, his son's deterioration is a bitter reminder of his own guilt and failure. Only Bella, the unmarried sister, can reach across the abyss of pain to bring father and son the elusive peace which they both desperately crave.
THE SERGEANT'S TALE
In 1947 in the British Mandate of Palestine, Avram is a terrorist campaigning to end the occupation whilst his daughter Hannah campaigns peacefully for a Jewish state. David and Will are two reluctant British sergeants who befriend Hannah. Avram cannot be shaken from the cause as his path crosses those of Hannah, David and Will.