Elizabeth George's masterly novel brings Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley back onto centre stage in an intricate crime drama.
DI Thomas Lynley is still on compassionate leave after the murder of his wife. The discovery of a body in a Stoke Newington cemetery offers Isabelle Ardery, his temporary replacement at the Met, the chance to make her mark with a high profile murder investigation.
Persuading Lynley back to work seems the best way to guarantee a result: Lynley's team is fiercely loyal to him and Isabelle needs them - and especially Barbara Havers - on side. The Met is twitchy: a series of PR disasters has undermined its confidence. Isabelle knows that she'll be operating under the unforgiving scrutiny of the media, so is quick - perhaps too quick - to pin the murder on a convenient suspect. The murder trail leads Lynley and Havers to the New Forest, and the eventual resolution of the case. Its roots are in a long-ago act of violence that has poisoned subsequent generations and its outcome is both tragic and shocking.
'The multi layered stories involving Lynley in London and his former colleagues in the backwaters of England offer such dynamic contrasts and take twisted turns so subtle you really can t see them coming that I was left blissfully guessing right to the final full stop...so much more satisfying than figuring it all out before we re supposed to... a richly deceptive and sinister murder mystery with inspired and intricate plot twists. - The Australian Women's Weekly
Crime writing at its best and a damn good book to curl up with for several hours. - Courier Mail
Any other writer would have difficulty sustaining the interest over 600 pages, but George again produces a page-turner...Impressive.' - The Sunday Age
The Lynley series are marked by intricate plots and the latest will not disappoint fans. - The Illawarra Mercury
The reader can trust that labyrinthine plotting will eventually reveal the relationship between the paper and all the above... George's reader still rejoices that there is promise of more to come. - The Adelaide Advertiser
Hurrah, another Inspector Lynley . . . This is crime writing at its finest. George's books are long, solid and wonderfully crafted; she is a modern Dorothy L Sayers. - Saga
The author writes brilliantly and has an incredible ability to set a scene and create characters you want to know more about. - Sun
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.