Maddie is released from jail where she has been serving time for murder. She pursues her ideas of using her macabre capabilities to fight injustice.
Not as confronting as `The Arbutus', `Maddie Trinco' is a melange of four stories;
the vigilante mentality of Maddie and her new partner, the property developer Caspar Hopfner; a group of friends considering hiring a hitman to pre-empt a murder that they know will be committed by one of their number, currently away in France; a garrulous ex IRA informer; and the absentee himself who is about to return to Australia.
The story examines the morality of justice and revenge, the concept of death as a result of shame and degradation and the positive influence of being `in love' on ambitions fuelled by burning hatred.