Recently, Inspector Wexford's cases have dragged him into society's deep currents, where roiled-up passions can lead to the darkest deed of all: murder. While Simisola explored the turbulence of race, and Road Rage ecology, now Harm Done plunges Wexford and the reader into the world of domestic violence. As always, the issues are complex, and this time Wexford feels his dilemma keenly.
His daughter's volunteer work in a battered women's shelter and a series of kidnappings converge when Wexford's investigation into a toddler's disappearance exposes spousal abuse in a well-to-do family. When the abuser is knifed in his study, Wexford's daughter fears she may be responsible for his murder.