Doesn’t everyone dread a bad news phone call in the early hours?
It’s the middle of the night, and DS Dave Slater’s phone is ringing. The bad news is that the home of his friend and colleague, DS Norman Norman, is on fire, and there’s a frightening possibility to consider. His friend may be trapped inside the burning building!
Rushing to the scene, Slater discovers his colleague isn’t inside, but relief quickly turns to alarm when he realises there’s no sign of Norman and he’s not answering his phone. Minutes quickly stretch into hours and still there’s no sign.
Then, finally, a breakthrough. A man, possibly a Russian, was seen in the vicinity. But is this good news, or have things just gone from bad to worse?
Slater feels it’s now even more of a race against time. But as is so often the way, the more he hurries, the more he seems to find obstacles in the way.
And still the clock is ticking…