Blincoe nails the zeitgeist of the Anderton-era from the vantage of regenerated Manchester, yoking the personal to the political and the present to the past with great acuity. Canal Street was an underground subculture in the early 80s, as the city’s chief constable policed from a pulpit and rent boys were shipped back to the care homes that made them whenever picked up by the boys in blue. Drawn in to the murder investigation of an old friend casino boss Jake Powell is forced to confront Manchester’s dirtiest secrets, a nest of vipers he witnessed himself from the inside.