Can it be true? Has the Fat Man really sung? Caught in the blast of a huge Semtex explosion, the only thing preventing Superintendent Andy Dalziel from stepping through Death's door might be his own size (and indomitable willpower). As he lies on a hospital bed, it falls on DCI Peter Pascoe to seek justice for Andy. The security services have written it off as an accident; the terrorist suspects have paid for their clumsiness with their lives. Who then, are the Templars, a shadowy extremist conspiracy known to exact summary justice on their enemies? Pascoe is certain of a conspiracy and the attempted murder of Yorkshire police's most inept officer only convinces him further. But if the plot is complex, the climax will prove outstanding.