The gripping second volume of Sally Beauman's bestselling Lovers and Liars trilogy.
In France, a young man's heart misses a beat when the blue lights of a police car signal for him to pull his Mercedes off the autoroute. For inside the attache case on the passenger seat is a very special delivery bound for the Parisian headquarters of the world-renowned fashion house, Cazares, and for fashion doyenne Maria Cazares herself. And a similar, potentially lethal delivery, is about to disrupt the quiet of the English countryside.
In London, journalist Gini Hunter, newly returned from the war zones of Bosnia, is haunted by what she has seen. Knowing that her lover, Pascal Lamartine, remains there, she exists on the brink of breakdown, supported by her close friend, fashion editor Lindsay Drummond. Until the disappearance of a schoolgirl and the intervention of a new editor at her paper, Rowland McGuire, force her to do what she does best...follow a story.
The hunt for fifteen-year-old Mina Landis takes Gini from a Gloucestershire country house to Amsterdam, and then to Paris at the height of the fashion collections. There, she will encounter new and very different dangers, for she must deal with two men - one a potential killer, the other a potential lover.
Thank God for Sally Beauman . . . I defy you not to be hooked - Sunday Times
Clever, professional, with a disturbing violent streak, Beauman neatly mixes the noir with caring values - Mail on Sunday - Elizabeth Buchan
Utterly compelling. Don't miss it! - Company
The book is stuffed with complex characters, interesting settings, sexual passion and extremes of emotion - Sunday Telegraph
Beauman moves with empathy into the heads of her characters, she sustains and orchestrates suspense - Daily Telegraph
Sally Beauman was born in Devon and graduated from Girton College, Cambridge. She began her career as a critic and writer for New York magazine and continued to write for leading periodicals in America and the UK after returning to England. In 1970 she was the first recipient of the Catherine Pakenham Award for her journalism, and at the age of 24 edited Queen magazine. She has written for the New Yorker, The Sunday Times and the Telegraph Magazine, where she was Arts Editor.
Sally's novels have been translated into over twenty languages and are bestsellers worldwide.