She had devoted her entire life to using the social work system to improve the lot of others, but most especially children.
But now, she is look back at her life from Ireland and she recalls when, yes, social work really was her life.
However, that was before Dan, her ambitious deputy, entered inot a conspiracy to have her removed from her position within the County Council Social Work department.
The name they gave it was restructuring, but whatever name they gave it, it meant there was no place for Miss Perfect, someone who always put her clients first.
Oddball professor of sociology Mitchell is brought in by County Hall to "evaluate service delivery" in Madge's office and this make Mage decide on a spot of evaluation, herself, or rather reevaluation, of her outlook to work and also life.
Mitchell's tenure is enlivened when he caught fire, but then he is dogged by disgrace when a female student brings forward some allegations about his behaviour toward her.
Madge's life seems to continue as normal, until a child in her care goes missing and a body is discovered.
Will County Hall sacrifice her to save face? It seems likely, until help comes from a somewhat unlikely source, a bouncer, who works at the Golden Slipper massage parlour.
But Billy knows Miss Perfect from his time a a child client in his youth and he has some information that he believes will help her. But the information comes at a price. Is it a price she is willing to pay?
But perhaps there might be some really big changes for Madge and for certain other people, too?
It's a heartening book and it is certain that the author Bernard Hall knows probably more about County Council Social Work departments than he might like to admit, as he has the office politics and the machinations of County Hall down to a T!
I can heartily recommend this book, which is published by Matador at £7.99.
It is available for purchase here https://goo.gl/wdCFDG.