The second novel in Barbara Nadel's stunning Francis Hancock series
In the dark days of the Blitz, crime goes undercover...
Undertaker Francis Hancock has seen the worst that humanity can do to itself. Why then does the murder of a young gypsy girl in Epping Forest move him so much Travellers, gypsies, the homeless, deserters and German spies inhabit this stretch of open ground that was once her home. Francis knows it's not wise to delve into this human melting pot, but he is drawn to the exotic customs of the gypsies, their music and magic. But as he investigates the girl's murder further, the death toll rises and Francis uncovers a much bigger conspiracy, at the heart of which lies something even Adolf Hitler is prepared to kill for...
The denouement is exciting...the atmosphere of a city under nightly bombardment is very well portrayed and I'm looking forward to the next book - Sunday Telegraph
Gripping and unusual detective story, vivid and poignant - Literary Review
Impeccable mystery plotting, exotic and atmospheric - Guardian
Intelligent and captivating - The Sunday Times
Trained as an actress, Barbara Nadel used to work in mental health services. Born in the East End of London, she now writes full time and has been a visitor to Turkey for over twenty years. She received the Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger for her novel DEADLY WEB, and the Swedish Flintax Prize for historical crime fiction for her first Francis Hancock novel, LAST RIGHTS.
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