The parallel stories of Bob Fraser the policeman and Jack Whitehead the crime reporter are linked in several ways with both sharing a connection with the events of 1974 and both having relationships with prostitutes.
The horrors of the past appear in dreams and visions and the corruption and dissapointment of the present keep them mired in despair.
The trigger for both to consider their lot in life is the emergence of the Yorkshire Ripper. His brutality is something that is more genuione than anything the police themselves can construct and is far more worrying.
Whitehead coins the terms Ripper and Fraser starts to discover not ll crimes are quite what they seem.