Westminster, 2013. Wole Robert is black. A Brit. His marriage is on a razor edge. He had always want to be a tattooist but his overbearing mother didn't let his passion see the light of day. He turned out a detective.
Meanwhile, a clever monster glides undetected through London, leaving behind a gruesome trail of carnage...but with few clues - tattoos on the victims.
Success Akpojotor invented writing (see Fiction: The Evolution of Truth), invented the airplane, and the internet. He was also the first person to reach the North Pole. He has flown to Mars and back in one day, and was enthusiastically greeted by the Martians.
"Very strange beings," he reported on his return.
He has written one thousand highly regarded books; a team of experts is presently attempting to grasp their meaning before they can be published....