Well it turns out a lot! And this makes for a very witty and entertaining story if you add one of the meanest super villains to the mix. Mind you this villain does not have dozens of minions, a white Persian or a pool filled with sharks to demonstrate his displeasure. He is just a sociopath who knows how to mask his true nature - most of the time while acting as law enforcer in a tiny community. Nasty piece of work. I prefer Colfer's stand alones much more than his Artemis Fowl series. This is based on having read The Wishlist and this one. But having read them I find that there is more substance to his characters when he writes stand alones, though neither type of story lacks in originality. He knows how to spin a good yarn.