After meeting David, Alex feels that there are grounds to at least explore the possibility of foul play. Conscious that her father cannot be caught up in a police corruption investigation, she solicits the help of a female investigator, Carrie McDaniel. However, once the investigation gets under way, things begin to turn sinister and it seems Alex’s life could be in danger, at which point Skinner can no longer sit idly by. For all the intricacies of the plot, The Bad Fire still feels like crime-by-numbers at times: certain female characters can seem unrealistic, and after a while the repeated references to Bob Skinner’s hard man persona begin to grate. Still, the attempts to modernise the series with subtle nods to modern popular culture are intriguing.