Christian Boyd is an ex-detective inspector for the royal protection organization. He was a top-notch DI, until that fateful night when everything went wrong. He was accused of killing a family while chasing a suspect on wet roads and promptly dismissed.
Years later, Christian ends up in Spain. He has a good life there but still has nightmares about his life in London. He tries to forget as best he can to live his new life and enjoy his new profession. He is a rock climber with his colleague and possible friend, Miguel. They are rescuing “pajaritos”, which are parakeets. The translation is not in the book. Ron Morgans, to have saved the reader some detective work, might have translated some words for us. When he is on the rock, he gets a call from his old boss, Jonathan Destry. Commissioner Destry wants Christian to come back and work on Destry's latest case.
Christian refuses, remembering that night and how Destry treated him; he throws his phone from the cliff to the sea. He knows that he has not heard the last of the commissioner though, and he finds out the next day that he was right - two of Destry's men show up to take him back to London and Scotland Yard. He refuses to go, of course, but the men threaten him and his work record. He goes, reluctantly.
In London, he meets Destry and the team that he will be working for/with. The Team knows of his record and his drinking allegations. They instantly take a disliking to him and tell him that he should sit back and “let them do their jobs.” He, apparently, is too old to know of the new technology that they now have. The new case is the protection of the Queen of England: she is to die in four days, and they have to find out who is to harm her. Christian also meets the Prime Minister and his fiancée, who tells him that he must find her sister, Nikki. She has a secret that Christian must figure out. While all this is happening, there is another story going on: that of Henrietta Fox.
Fox is a paparazzo, a photographic “journalist” who sells her work to the highest tabloid bidder. Among her pictures of celebrities and political figures, she takes a photo of a mystery man and the Prime Minister's fiancee. The tabloid to which she sells the photo wants her to find the man and who he is. Her story is supposed to be the sub story, but it’s actually a little more interesting the main character's. The author, being a journalist himself, does an excellent job of creating the newspaper game for us. The details of how things work in the industry are vivid, and the reader feels the rush of journalism and understands a bit better how it all works.
Morgans maintains the suspense both in Christian's story and in the story of Henrietta Fox while keeping the two threads completely separate from each other. The reader might think that he would intertwine the two stories together and have the two main characters meet at some point, maybe creating a love interest between the two. No such luck. However, just for the romantics out there, Christian does get a love interest who becomes clear as the story progresses.
Unfortunately, there are no real twists and turns. Right away, the reader will understand who wants to kill the Queen and why. Morgans has not left anything for the reader to figure out, except some word translation issues. This is not a keep-you-guessing thriller, but it is a story that anyone who likes to read about different parts of the world might enjoy.