On a sunny afternoon
in late June, Cambridge professor Joseph Reavley is summoned from a student
cricket match to learn that his parents have died in an automobile crash.
Joseph’s brother, Matthew, as officer in the Intelligence Service, reveals that
their father had been en route to London to turn over to him a mysterious
secret document, allegedly with the power to disgrace England forever and
destroy the civilized world. A paper so damning that Joseph and Matthew dared
mention it only to their restless younger sister. Now it has vanished.
What has happened to
this explosive document, if indeed it ever existed? How had it fallen into the
hands of their father, a quiet countryman? Not even Matthew, with his
Intelligence connections, can answer these questions. And Joseph is soon
burdened with a second tragedy: the shocking murder of his most gifted student,
beautiful Sebastian Allard, loved and admired by everyone. Or so it appeared.
seamless peace is cracking as the distance between the murder of an Austrian
archduke by a Serbian anarchist and the death of a brilliant university student
by a bullet to the head of grows shorter by the day.
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