The action-at-full-throttle follow-on from 'LAPEL' and 'Looming August Eighth' crime thrillers.
1990. Peter Piper and police superintendent Robbie Burns are in the thick of it. A member of a royal family has been brutally murdered and the threat is that royals will be targeted until deals are done and vast sums of money are freed from Swiss accounts. Royal murders may be subterfuge and levers for a tyrant to go to war to subjugate a whole population and gain control of a major part of world energy — and its price.
The counter, to a tyrant's subterfuge and lies, is to create an 'ocean of lies' that will buy the time to protect royal targets, rescue innocents, kill or capture murderers, and close down the sea-going conduit for assassins and terrorists.
Peter and Rob are in the crosshairs, but so is a ship that they have pirated to sail on their ocean of lies. Success or deadly failure can only be determined by a desperate run to sea from enemy forces in the Persian Gulf.
Ramifications are global. British focus is intense. MI6 has an agenda that Piper and Burns must overturn in order break through. A white-knuckle ride through firefights and naval engagement; it can turn on a penny.