Every village has it eccentrics. In Norbold, England, it’s Gabriel Ash, a grief-stricken loner, known locally as “Rambles with Dog” for his long solitary walks about the community. Gabriel is beaten by a gang of local thugs and is taken to a holding cell at the jail when he refuses treatment for his injuries. A cellmate, Jerome, whispers to Gabriel that he expects to die and gives Gabriel a coded message to pass on. Jerome’s last words were, “I had a dog once, Othello.” That night, Jerome is beaten to death in another cell by a drunken berserk prisoner. The police say that Jerome was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. But Gabriel doesn’t believe it and teams up with Helen, a rookie cop, to prove it wasn’t an accident. Bannister departs from her Brodie Farrell mysteries in Deadly Virtues, a stand-alone thriller.