Set in the winter of 1946 just after the Second World War, the naked body of a Polish waitress is discovered frozen under the ice in the River Wista, Krakow. In the same year across Europe a young Jewish woman is murdered in the docklands of the East End of London. Unknown to the Polish and British police both murders are mysteriously connected.
Fast forward thirty one years to 1977. James Jacob is sentenced to ten years for armed robbery. On his first night inside the infamous Brainforth Prison he shares a cell with an eccentric prisoner. Unknowingly to Jacob, the inmate hides a dark secret and is embroiled in the grizzly murders of the past. Little does Jacob realise that his life was about to change forever.When a tour guide who worked at Auschwitz is found under the ice-floe of the River Wista, Detective Adamski from the Krakow Police Department is thrust into the spotlight of the world's media. 'The Shepherd,' as the press has christened the serial killer, then strikes again putting the detective under incessant pressure to bring him to justice. But The Shepherd is clever, devious, and has covered his tracks impeccably.Inside Brainforth Prison Jacob becomes haunted by his past. As the story unfolds he battles against his own demons and finds himself being lambasted by the establishment and villains alike. Then out of the blue he inadvertently uncovers a trail of murder, deceit, betrayal and fascism, spanning back to 1946. Uncovering the identity of the killer puts Jacob's life on the line. Then, when things couldn't get any worse.... 'The Shepherd' decides to pay him a chilling visit.
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