Bristol private eye Jack Shepherd, has paid a price to become the quietly controlled man he is. The death of his wife Emily from cancer, an only recently mended relationship with his daughter, his killing of a PCP crazed teenager one night in a garbage strewn alley – a shooting which resulted in his resignation from the police force and which returns to haunt his dreams and his less successful days.
The distinction between right and wrong is embedded deep. Shepherd has moved beyond self-deception, though not beyond pain. He knows a lot about love, friendship and trust and he experiences all of these unsentimentally. He takes a lot of punishment negotiating his way among clients, suspicious cops, the rule of law and those on the wrong side of it; preserved because he can hand it out as well as take it, but most importantly, by his sense of honour.