Lucas Crichton is an ex SAS Sergeant isolated by secrets and
serious trauma. A media leak about an atrocity in Bosnia a
decade ago forces Lucas to confront his demons – and find out
who amongst his former squaddies has leaked the story.
As the body count grows, Lucas ransacks his past
with increasing desperation, hoping to find there some clue to a
Sophie Morgan is a
war crimes prosecutor who is given the job of finding the
perpetrators of the Bosnian atrocity. She is feisty, tenacious
and willing, but the trail of blood leads her to a most
unexpected place, where law and justice are not synonymous, and
where honour and betrayal are inextricably linked.
Brad McKechnie was Lucas’ corporal in Bosnia, now working as an
adventure tourism operator in Queenstown. Loyal, tough,
dependable, he seems least affected by the horror of what they
went through, and again becomes Lucas’ right-hand man in hunting
down the source of the leak amongst the ex-soldiers.
friend Joe Matich is a prime suspect as the leak. Superficially
at least Joe seems to have coped better than most since Bosnia.
Bright, intelligent, arrogant, Joe’s Auckland security firm
gives him money, resources and a dangerous private army
Michael Kadiir is
now running a failing Middle Eastern restaurant in the suburbs
of Auckland in partnership with his Muslim older brother. Lucas
has reason to believe that Michael has succumbed to the need for
a cash injection to the business and to his brother’s more
Xavier Collins is
a Detective Sergeant in Wellington and at pains to make Lucas
understand that he’s now first and foremost a cop – and that
comes before any loyalties to old comrades. Lucas finds Xavier
obstructive and defensive, particularly when it comes to
Xavier’s best friend from the old days, Danny Regan.
Danny Regan was
always a fixer and a great one for lurks and perks. After
Bosnia, he and his wife Jools set up a successful night club in
Wellington, and life seemed sweet enough. Until Danny was put
away for a homicide he tells Lucas he had nothing to do with.
the medic in Bosnia, is the most obviously troubled by his
memories. A haunted soul, he’s found peace of a sort in an
isolated community on the West Coast, a peace which is shattered
by Lucas’ sudden reappearance.
was a photo journalist working in Bosnia who saw – and
photographed – the humanitarian side of the atrocities she
witnessed. Now living in seclusion in Dunedin, she holds the key
to the truth of what happened in Bosnia.
Fiona McIntyre is the journalist who sells the story of the
Bosnian atrocity to the London tabloid. Uninhibited, clever and
fast on her feet, she lives by her wits as a stringer for an
Auckland news bureau. But because she knows the source, she
becomes the centre of murderous attention.
Rowan is Lucas’
ex-wife and the mother of his daughter. Rowan knows that
whatever happened in Bosnia imploded their marriage, but Lucas
has never talked about it. In her heart she’s always suspected
that Lucas is hiding another secret - where is she?