In the second installment in the bestselling Detective Varg series, Ulf and his team investigate a notorious philanderer--a wolf of a man whose bad reputation may be all bark and no bite. The Department of Sensitive Crimes, renowned for taking on the most obscure and irrelevant cases, is always prepared to dive into an investigation, no matter how complex. So when the girlfriend of an infamous author insists her scandalous beau is being blackmailed, Ulf Varg, the department's lead detective, is determined to help. It is rather difficult to discover, however, what skeletons might be hiding in the closet of a man whose bad behavior is his greatest calling card. The case requires Ulf's total concentration, but he finds himself distracted by his ongoing attraction to his coworker Anna, whose marriage is on a rocky footing. When Ulf is also tasked with looking into a group of dealers exporting wolves that seem more Canis familiaris than Canis lupus, it will require all of his team's investigative instincts and dogged persistence to put these matters to bed.
Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels and a number of other series and stand-alone books. His works have been translated into more than forty languages and have been bestsellers throughout the world. He lives in Scotland.