As intelligent as Sherlock Holmes and as wily as Hercule Poirot' Booklist
In February 1915 the Great War is still raging on the Western Front but back in Westminster a policeman is shot dead. At first, Hardcastle believes the murderer to have been a disturbed burglar. But then, there is another killing - the beautiful wife of a Royal Flying Corps Officer - on whose doorstep the first victim was killed.
As enquiries continue, attention focuses on an antiquarian bookseller, a struggling artist, a reporter and even officers of the Royal Flying Corps. Hardcastle must uncover a tangle of lies, emotions and betrayals before he can get to the truth.
Graham Ison served in the British Army before joining the Metropolitan Police. During his thirty-year career in Scotland Yard's Special Branch, he was involved in several famous espionage cases and spent four years at 10 Downing Street as protection officer to the prime minister. He later guarded US Presidents, crowned heads and other heads of state during state visits to this country. Since leaving the police, he focused his talents on crime fiction, and has written over forty books including the Brock & Poole detective stories and the Hardcastle historical mysteries. He passed away in 2020.