Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
This third John Maddon book is about a murder that takes place during a World War II blackout in London.
The only clues are matchsticks found near the body. Once the body is identified as that of a young woman who once worked for Maddon, the retired cop then begins his search for the killer by a process of elimination.
The only way to achieve this is to uncover the dead girl's past, beginning with her friends and relatives. The clues are minute and Maddon and the police struggle to garner the smallest clue.
The murder took place before the arrival of the sophisticated forensic tools that exist in today's world. The investigators have only fingerprints and human hair to rely on. DNA and suspect-profiling were unheard of.
But the nature of the murder and four subsequent ones give them an idea of the type of murderer they are dealing with and where to turn to to build their case.
There is mention of a nascent Interpol organisation which yields the last clues the police need to reveal the murderer.
A bloody confrontation at the end provides a suitable punishment for the guilty party.