I was delighted to get my hands on this paperback. Gale is a born story-teller, with the vivid imagination to match. What starts as a comic thriller keeping readers very much on the edge becomes more and more of a poignant tragedy as the plot unravels. Gale forces people to think about complex issues and controversial actions – and often to forgive them – by sneaking up at them from the wings and never bulldozing in there head-on. He is one of those rare writers with a gift for producing very readable books with credible plots which are still remembered months down the line. This is him at his best.