In this superbly accomplished new Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel,
Anne Perry takes us beneath the glittering surface of wealthy Victorian society
into a nightmare world of fear and intimidation, where women are too often
blamed for the violent attacks against them, and powerful men take what they
want, leaving others to pay the price.
The horrifying rape and apparent suicide of Catherine
Quixwood, wife of a wealthy merchant banker, falls outside the new jurisdiction
of Special Branch head Thomas Pitt, but so pervasively offensive are the rumors
about the victim that Pitt quietly takes a hand in the investigation.
Yet even with the help of his ingenious wife, Charlotte, and
his former superior, Victor Narraway, Pitt is stumped. Why did high-minded,
cultured Catherine choose not to accompany her husband to a grand party on the
night of her demise? Why did she dismiss all her servants for the evening and
leave the front door unlocked? What had been her relationship with the young
man seen frequently by her side at concerts and art exhibits? And what can be
done to avenge another terrible crime: the assault on Angeles Castelbranco,
beloved teenage daughter of the Portuguese ambassador?
As an ordinary policeman, Pitt had once entered London’s
grand houses through the kitchen door. Now, as a guest in those same houses,
can he find the steel in his soul to challenge the great men of the world with
their crimes? The path to the truth takes him in deeply troubling directions,
from the lofty world of international politics and finance to his own happy
home, where his own teenage daughter, Jemima, is coming of age in a culture
rife with hidden dangers.
In this rich, emotionally charged masterpiece, Anne Perry
exposes yet another ugly secret of Victoria’s proud empire. And in a courtroom
battle of unparalleled brilliance, we thrill at the chance to witness a massive
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