For one private detective the moral dimension of what he does weighs heavily.
Anyone watching the grainy CCTV footage of Sally Faulkner’s two young children being grabbed by operatives from a street in Beirut can instantly feel the depths of tragedy here: children traumatised – parents destroyed – the fiendishly complicated pitfalls of cross-cultural relationships and the inadequacies of international law to serve justice in the interests of the most vulnerable.
Here is a moral minefield embedded within the shifting landscape of marital breakdown and custody battles.
Children abducted by their own parent – then re-abducted by the other.
It can’t get much more desperate than that.