Israel Armstrong, one of literature's most unlikely detectives, returns for more sleuth-solving adventure. Dixon and Pickering's, County Antrim's legendary department store, is preparing to celebrate its centenary. But the elderly Mr Dixon has gone missing, along with one hundred thousand pounds in cash. It smells pretty badly of a kidnap. Israel becomes a suspect in the police investigation and is suspended from his job and has to fight to clear his name. Does Israel's acclaimed touring exhibition showing the history of Dixon and Pickering's in old photographs and artefacts perhaps hold the key to Mr Dixon's mysterious disappearance? Will romance blossom between Israel and Rosie Hart, the barmaid at the First and Last? And has nobody around here heard of Franz Kafka?