This book is set in 1983 and portrays the time as still very racially tense. This is the overriding theme of the book. Louis Kincaid has returned to Black Pool as his mother is dying. He was appointed to the police force by a telephone interview and as such the chief didn't realise he was a black man until he walked through the door. There is so much prejudice against him as a black detective but there is a reluctance to have a thorough investigation conducted when bones are discovered. The pressure from those in power is to close the case with minimum work and disruption to the status quo.
I look forward to seeing where this series goes.