The story begins with three people celebrating a recent engagement at a pub in London. Four unrelated bar patrons instigate a fight which ends in a man being murdered in the alley leading from the pub. The flawed investigation results in the conviction and incarceration of an innocent man. From there the story follows the man behind bars and his efforts to appeal his case. It also follows the lives of the four men whose secret pact put him there.
There are many twists and turns throughout the novel which kept me reading late into the night. I loved this novel which reinforced my zeal for Archer’s masterful storytelling ability. If you enjoy a good mystery and suspense story, I think you will admire Archer’s work as much as I do!