Denton's lates case takes him to Oxford, where the mystery of a missing archaeologist reveals a macabre tale of lust, revenge and mummification in academia.
When the case of a missing senior fellow takes Denton and his lover Janet Striker to Oxford, they are looking forward to exchanging the noise and crowds of turn-of-the-century London for the more meditative byways of academia. But the dreaming spires, it seems, can give birth to nightmares just as livid and brutal as the burgeoning metropolis, as Denton and Janet slowly uncover a crime so bizarre that it seems to have emerged from the pages of a penny shocker rather than an academic treatise. Delving into the tightly-knit and intensely jealous world of archaeology, they discover an enmity that reaches back to Schliemann's excavation of Troy, a tragic tale of suicide and unfulfilled lust, and a curious archaeological exhibit that is not at all what it seems.
Kenneth Cameron is the author of three novels featuring Denton, THE FRIGHTENED MAN, THE BOHEMIAN GIRL and THE SECOND WOMAN as well as of plays staged in Britain and the US, and the award-winning Africa on Film: Beyond Black and White. He lives part of the year in northern New York State and part in the southern US.