The Pick The Spade and The Crow, the debut novel of Rogers's National Crime Agency series, sets a high standard for subsequent installments. Senior Investigator Joanne Stuart has recently been seconded to the National Crime Agency's Behavioral Science Unit. Her first case is that of the newly discovered body of a Mason who disappeared 10 years previously. The more SIO Stuart digs, the more she believes a serial killer to be at work. But the lack of concrete evidence and the unwillingness of local investigators to consider their mispers as potential murder victims, hampers her investigation. Fortunately the BSU has ample resources including a skilled forensic psychologist and intelligence agent - resources which will help bring to light a long active killer.