Ryan Wilkins grew up on a trailer park, a member of what many people would call the criminal classes. As a young Detective Inspector, he’s lost none of his disgust with privileged elites — or his objectionable manners. His professional partner, DI Ray Wilkins, of affluent Nigerian-London heritage, is a smooth-talking graduate of Balliol College, Oxford. You wouldn’t think they would get on. They don’t. But when a young woman is found strangled at Barnabas Hall, they’re forced to. St Barnabas’s irascible Provost does not appreciate Ryan’s forceful line of questioning. But what was the dead woman doing in the Provosts study? Is it just a coincidence that on the night of her murder the college was entertaining Sheik al-Medina, a Gulf state ruler linked to human-rights abuses in his own country and acts of atrocity in others? As tensions rise, things aren’t going well.