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Lewis and Hathaway are brought in to investigate what looks like a burglary gone wrong. RG Cole, university lecturer, specialising in German history and head of the Wagner society was involved in a scuffle outside an exclusive member’s only club in Oxford earlier when his friend, Richard Helm wasn’t allowed to stay. Cole is then found strangled by Helm when he returned from a brief trip to the off-licence to replenish the whisky in his house. The murder weapon is soon discovered to be a boxer’s hand wrap, so the investigation takes Lewis and Hathaway into the world of amateur boxing in Oxford, suicide and pan-european influences.