The first Inspector Carlyle book and I don't know if I will bother with any sequels. Too much graphic male rape detail and I am bored with detectives that have a chip on both shoulders. Basically this book is set during a general election when one of the main protagonists and his equally obnoxious little brother are "bound" to win. Then members of a club they were both members of in University begin to be killed. After the whole club raping an innocent student he then throws himself over the balcony and commits suicide in front of his fiancee who is pregnant with his child. There are too many flashbacks to the miners strike of the 80s which I found to be distracting. The ending I thought was particularly weak with too many loose ends. Not one for me.