The ninth novel in the best-selling Inspector Lynley mystery series
When the body of Nicola Maiden, the daughter of a retired Scotland Yard undercover officer, is found near an unidentified body in the middle of a pre-historic stone circle in Derbyshire, Inspector Lynley is asked to lead the investigation into the deaths.
Lynley must get to the bottom of the crime without the assistance of his long-time partner Sergeant Barbara Havers following her demotion as a result of an internal investigation.
But Barbara Havers has plans of her own, and they involve the very case that Lynley is working on . . .
The multi-faceted surprise ending to the taut, suspenseful plot is the juiciest plum in this can't-put-down novel. - Publishers Weekly
She is a great storyteller. The totality is a big fat, satisfying book. - Frances Fyfield, Sunday Express
A compelling mystery,intricately plotted, with multiple twists and a satisfyingly devious finale. George is brilliant at juggling so many motives and so many suspects, keeping the reader enthralled, and coming up with such a clever solution. - Marcel Berlins, The Times
George's nine best-selling novels of psychological suspense are burnished with the internationalism that is a result of dividing her time between California and London - The Times
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.