From New York Times Bestseller Deborah Crombie comes her latest mystery, featuring London detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James, where sins of the past lead to a powerful danger in the present.
ISBN #: 978-0061990649
Page Count: 384
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow
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When a thirteen-year-old boy, the son of an alcoholic mother with few acquaintances, befriends his next door neighbor, a young widow, he feels—for the first time in his life—as if someone cares about his future. The pair forms a special relationship, but one shocking act of betrayal causes the young woman to lose everything she’s worked so hard to accomplish and shatters the young boy’s innocence, changing both their lives forever.
Years later, Detective Inspector Gemma James has been assigned to lead a Murder Investigation Team and assisting her is newly promoted Detective Sergeant Melody Talbot. They are called to a crime scene to find a well-respected barrister naked, trussed, and apparently strangled in a seedy hotel room. And when a second victim, a junior barrister, is found murdered in the same way, Gemma and Melody fear they have a serial killer at work.
Meanwhile, Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid, Gemma’s husband, has taken leave from Scotland Yard to care for their three-year-old foster daughter, Charlotte. Duncan has been following the investigation with increasing concern and when he realizes he has a personal connection with one of the suspects, he interviews the young man who admits recognizing the second victim, a childhood friend. Duncan and Gemma now know the killings are not random, and that the young man may be the link between the victims. Could he be the killer—or is he the next victim?
An ice storm traps detectives and suspects in the steep streets of Crystal Palace and only the revelation of the past can stop the killer, and only the young man holds the key. Will he face the truth in time?
About the Author:
Deborah Crombie is a New York Times Notable author and has been nominated for and won many awards including the New York Times Book of the Year. She is a native Texan who has lived in both England and Scotland. She lives in McKinney, Texas, sharing a house that is more than one hundred years old with her husband, three cats, and two German shepherds.