"The Mid-Yorkshire village of Enscombe has survived all that history could throw at it. Now its perfectly preserved charms waylay not only day-trippers but also the occasional member of Her Majesty's Constabulary. When a local bobby goes missing, DCI Peter Pascoe senses that Enscombe's pastoral carapace of cream teas and stately homes masks matters altogether more sinister. And when the unflappable Sergeant Wield gets wind of something rotten at the core of the village, Dalziel has good reason to wade in with his size 11s. But there is a darker malevolence at work, more terrible than the forbidden lust, deceit and deception that fester beneath the surface - someone with a truly terrible mission, which the three men will be powerless to stop. Something that will change them all - forever."--Publisher description.