At the Black Country derby between Wolves and West Bromwich, DCI Tallyforth recognises the man being ejected from the ground. It is Micky Wilde, one-time art student turned drug-dealer, and an old enemy from Tallyforth's past. The discovery of Wilde's dead body outside the Wolves ground some hours later sets Tallyforth and Acting DI 'George' Elliott on a hunt for his killer through the murky Midlands underworld.
How much do Wilde's four sons - Vincent, Claude, Pablo and Salvador - know about their father's drug-dealing past? What is the secret hidden by his wife Trixie-Anne? How much is his business partner Jimmy MacAllister involved? And what were Wilde's links to Irish night-club owner Bony Moroney, to restaurateur Mohammed Khan, or to Elvis-worshipping hairdresser Barry Bastable?
Tallyforth and 'George' Elliott are joined in their trawl through the racial and criminal tensions of Wolverhampton by black policeman Inspector Larry 'Enoch' Powell and local magistrate and pillar of the Sikh community Balbir Singh. The resolution, when it comes, is as surprising as it is novel and provides a genuine twist to this tale.
Published by Pierrepoint Press