Although overjoyed that she has been released by the eco-terrorists, Dora Wexford seems more interested in the fate her fellow hostages than her newly-born granddaughter.She worries about the claustrophobic Roxanne, who has been beaten and locked in a closet and young Ryan, whom she feels guilty at having left alone when she was released. All the vanished victims, including the dead German girl, seem to have ordered a taxi from a particular cab company. Dora blames Reg when Roxanne's dead body is found near the taxi stand and young Ryan apparently succumbs to Stockholm syndrome and joins the terrorists. A suspension of the construction of the bypass is seen as a way to save the remaining hostages by the Home Office, but Wexford believes that there may be a mole in the department and there is more behind these events than just saving a stand of old growth trees. Written by
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[Disparagingly to Wexford
Oh, little man! Little man! I'm a good judge of men and you're a very small man, Inspector!