The death of a
notorious London diamond merchant draws aristocratic investigator Sebastian St.
Cyr and his new wife, Hero, into a sordid world of greed, desperation, and the
occult, when the husband of Sebastian’s former lover Kat Boleyn is accused of
September 1812. After a long night spent dealing with the tragic death
of a former military comrade, a heart-sick Sebastian learns of a new calamity:
Russell Yates, the dashing, one-time privateer who married Kat a year ago, has
been found standing over the corpse of Benjamin Eisler, a wealthy gem dealer.
Yates insists he is innocent, but he will surely hang unless Sebastian can
unmask the real killer.
For the sake of Kat, the woman he once loved and lost,
Sebastian plunges into a treacherous circle of intrigue. Although Eisler’s
clients included the Prince Regent and the Emperor Napoleon, he was a
despicable man with many enemies and a number of dangerous, well-kept
secrets—including a passion for arcane texts and black magic. Central to the
case is a magnificent blue diamond, believed to have once formed part of the
French crown jewels, which disappeared on the night of Eisler’s death. As
Sebastian traces the diamond’s ownership, he uncovers links that implicate an
eccentric, powerful financier named Hope and stretch back into the darkest days
of the French Revolution.
When the killer grows ever more desperate and vicious, Sebastian finds
his new marriage to Hero tested by the shadows of his first love, especially
when he begins to suspect that Kat is keeping secrets of her own. And as
matters rise to a crisis, Sebastian must face a bitter truth—that he has been
less than open with the fearless woman who is now his wife.
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