Nine years into two successive life sentences, Kilpatrick is still keeping schtum. His daughter, the delectable Alison, adamantly refuses to believe in her father's guilt and, using every womanly wile, encourages Sam to investigate.
A recent spate of murders, using a similar method as that used on one of Kilpatrick's supposed victims, convinces Sam she may have a point. However, he doesn't bargain on getting mixed up with one of the most ruthless crime families in the country.
The Robinson clan has its fingers in every pie: prostitution, drug rackets and blackmail are just some of the illegal enterprises, all hidden behind an innocent building supplies front. But what is their connection to the seemingly random murders? And who are the beautiful women the victims are reported to have been seen with before their untimely demise? The police at Unsworth nick are as obstructive as ever, and as Sam's relationship with DCI Bowman rapidly deteriorates, he finds himself relying on the clandestine but reluctant assistance of his good friend, DC Owen Price.
As the body count racks up, Sam realises he'll have to take his chances and come face to face with the killer - the elusive and aptly named Hammerhead - to knock this one on the head!