From the creator of Inspector Lynley.
The sudden death of Guy Brouard after his morning swim shocks the residents of Guernsey. A generous patron and benefactor of the island since his arrival there a decade ago, his demise puts a question mark over many cherished projects.
When a young American woman is charged with the murder, her brother seeks help from the only contact he has in the UK - Deborah St James. Deborah is horrified to find that her old friend has been arrested and persuades her husband Simon to accompany her to Guernsey to avert this miscarriage of justice.
There they find a tangled web of deceit and betrayal, with its origins in wartime occupation. In solving the crime, they must rely on their long-standing friendship with Inspector Lynley; they must also learn painful lessons about loyalty and trust, and the loving tyranny of family ties.
This exquisitely plotted mystery bursts with well-developed characters . . . With her flair for language, George reinforces her reputation as one of today's finest mystery writers. - Publishers Weekly
her nuanced characterizations drive the novel . . . this commands attention . . . dense, complex, and riveting. - Booklist (USA)
highly absorbing . . . enough cliffhangers and red herrings to keep you guessing to the end. - Sarah Broadhurst,Bookseller
A fine addition to George's ouevre, this twelfth outing in her popular series will delight her fans. - Jane Adams, Amazon.com
excellent holiday reading from one of the queens of the traditional detective story. - Sainsbury's Magazine (June 04)
Elizabeth George is the internationally bestselling author of twenty psychological suspense novels, four young adult novels, two books of non-fiction and two short-story collections. Her work has been honoured with an Anthony Award, an Agatha Award, two Edgar nominations, and both France's and Germany's first prize for crime fiction. She has taught creative writing internationally and is the recipient of an honorary doctorate in humane letters and an honorary MFA in creative writing. She lives in Seattle, Washington.