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  • 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.

  • Dora and the other hostages are having a rough time of it. They are being kept in a cellar and one of them, Roxanne Johnson, is claustrophobic and constantly agitated. The hostages discuss various scenarios to break out but seem to have little opportunity. The police are contacted by a group calling themselves Sacred Globe who threaten to kill the hostages unless the work on the bypass is stopped, at least temporarily. The Home Office agrees, though Reg Wexford doesn't and a truce of sorts is arranged. Dora fears that one of the hostages has been killed but she is mysteriously released with a message to stop the construction entirely, or else. DI Burden begins to wonder if Sacred Globe has its own agenda, one that doesn't include saving the environment. When Roxanne Johnson is found dead, the pathologist concludes that she died after a fall from a great height leading DCI Wexford to believe she may have jumped from a window or some such thing in an attempt to escape. Meanwhile, DI Burden meticulously gathers evidence in the death of Ulrike Ranke.

  • Wexford's wife Dora is released by the terrorists, but the body of young Roxanne is found dead, and young Ryan has apparently defected to the terrorists.


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