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A career criminal from London has been released from prison after successfully appealing that Gently had fabricated evidence against him. Now Gently finds himself suspended from duty and under investigation by the Met.moreless
Gently and Bacchus investigate the kidnap of the adopted child of a middle-class couple, and suspect that the child's birth mother might be involved. Their investigations take them into a local Mother and Baby home, uncovering the societal pressure that forces single mothers to give up their children and the lengths to which the adoptive parents were prepared to go to secure a child.moreless
The body of a young socialite is recovered from a car found submerged in the river. The vehicle is registered to a local aristocratic family, and it soon becomes clear that the driver abandoned the vehicle, leaving the girl to drown. The family is determined to protect the position of the eldest son and heir, and Gently and Bacchus find themselves pitched against the Establishment.moreless
Gently's former snout, China, dies in suspicious circumstances, and a local teenager disappears. Investigating, Gently uncovers an unsavoury connection between a police superintendent and a gang of hooligans.
The body of a missing schoolgirl is discovered in a shallow grave, and rumours that the dead girl was having an affair with her music teacher lead Gently to suspect him or her father. The publicity surrounding the disappearance and murder propel the dead girl's best friend into the public eye and she soon determines to pursue a media career to the chagrin of her own father, the deputy head of the girls' school.moreless
Chief Inspector George Gently takes on one last case before retiring, following the murder of his wife. The case involves the death of a young biker in the North East of England, and interests Gently as it has attracted the attention of Joe Webster - his nemesis and the man responsible for the death of his wife. Gently enlists the aid of ambitious policeman, John Bacchus to solve the case, but both find themselves up against enemies within and outside the police force itself.moreless