The third novel in the Stalker Trilogy which began with The Spoiled Earth and continues with The Hiring Fair, set in the Lanarkshire mining village of Blacklaw in the 1890s.
Seventeen years have passed and the Lanarkshire mining village of Blacklaw has weathered both depression and the driving ambition of its coalmaster. But at last, falling wages have driven the miners to desperate rebellion...
In Edinburgh, Drew Stalker has become Scotland's most eminent young advocate, with the highest honours within his grasp. Only scandal can bring him down - and scandal in the form of his bastard son is about to re-enter his life. His sister Mirrin faces a different threat to her hard-won respectability. As Tom Armstrong's eyesight fails and her farm's future become uncertain, Mirrin must draw on all her courage to survive.
The Stalker Trilogy:
'Family ties, family strengths and weaknesses, ambition, greed loyalty and love . . . the story is compelling.' Daily Telegraph
'I would strongly recommend it to anyone with a taste for family sagas.' Scotsman
An engrossing story...one of the greatest court cases I have read in any modern fiction - Edinburgh Evening News
I would strongly recommend it to anyone with a taste for family sagas - Scotsman
Some satisfying conclusions to Jessica Stirling's excellent Stalker trilogy - Daily Telegraph
Family ties, family strengths and weaknesses, ambition, greed, loyalty and love...the story is just as compelling as the earlier ones - Daily Telegraph
I would strongly recommend it to anyone with a taste for family sagas. - Scotsman