Book cover design & photography: John Boden
Ray Grimble returns to Norfolk in 1947 when his father is killed.
When Ray went north, seven years earlier, he was no longer on good terms with his father. In fact when he left the village Ray wasn’t on good terms with anyone. Conscientious objectors weren’t popular in 1940.
When he gets back he finds things haven’t changed. The police don’t have any leads, and Ray’s own investigation is hampered by the hostility many of the villagers still feel towards him.
To make ends meet he begins poaching. This brings him into conflict with an old friend who is now the local gamekeeper, and who is also engaged to Ray’s former girlfriend.
As Ray begins piecing together the events which lead to his father’s death, some of his old friends make it clear they would like him to leave sooner rather than later. But Ray isn’t easily intimidated, and a confrontation seems certain.
His father’s secrets are difficult to unearth, but events from before the war lead Ray towards a final conflict in which his principles are severely tested. Defending his position at a tribunal was one thing. When his life is at stake, he finally learns whether he is willing to kill or not.