In a second, he's gone. Kidnapped by the deadliest gang in Mexico City. Fernando's life now lays solely his father's hand. Problem is, his father doesn't want to pay up. Miguel is Fernando's older brother. He wants his baby brother back, and with help from only his girlfriend Tania he is left to chase the leads and find his brother's kidnappers-before they put a bullet in his head. As the body count rises and the hours tick by, one question remains: Why? Why won't his father pay up? Why kidnap Fernando? Why does a member of the police know the name of the kidnappers? Why does the ransom letter arrive without the dozens of bodyguards spotting the writer? Why do the kidnappers know Miguel's every move? Why?
Kenworthy in retirement is consulted by a special team operating from the Cabinet Office. They need his second opinion on the random kidnapping of a motley collection of customers from a village shop in Bedfordshire. The ransom price is so bizarre that it is kept secret from the public - and on their return the villagers seem none the worse for their experience. But a rougher time is had by all when an entire Norfolk Parish Council is spirited away. Not until they try their hand at abducting a Yorkshire branch of the Women's Institute do the kidnappers meet their match. In the meantime, Kenworthy has been sorting out the red herrings and finds the answer in the cut-throat power politics of organized crime. The action moves rapidly - and murderously - from the North Country to the Fens, from rural Wiltshire to the hinterland of the Costa del Sol. From a series of memorable vignettes there emerges a sardonic picture of England in the 1980s - and of the devious ways in which decisions are sometimes reached in high places. A small-time London thief who does not like mice; his anarchistic daughter, on the brink of a doctorate in criminology; a corrupt tycoon who tires of Monopoly in an Open Prison; two intelligent young policemen struggling to interpret a tachometer log - this is John Buxton Hilton operating in a new vein.