A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel
By Anne Perry
(Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345514134, 384pp.)
Publication Date: March 22, 2011
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When the distinguished Mr. Justice Stafford dies of opium poisoning, his shocking demise resurrects one of the most sensational cases ever to inflame England: the murder five years before of Kingsley Blaine, whose body was found crucified in Farriers’ Lane. Amid the public hysteria for revenge, the police had arrested a Jewish actor who was soon condemned to hang. Police Inspector Thomas Pitt, investigating Stafford’s death, is drawn into the Farriers’ Lane murder as well, for it appears that Stafford may have been about to reopen the case. Pitt receives curiously little help from his colleagues on the force, but his wife, Charlotte, gleans from her social engagements startling insights into both cases. And slowly both Thomas and Charlotte begin to reach for the same sinister and deeply dangerous truth.
“[A] devious affair of passion and political intrigue in Victorian London.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Gripping and intense . . . [Anne Perry’s] characters are authentically and appealingly drawn, and her plot is sinister.”—Booklist
“Riveting . . . [a] convincing look at the seamy side of Victorian life.”—Publishers Weekly
“When it comes to the Victorian mystery, Anne Perry has proved that nobody does it better.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune
“Perry is a forceful plotter and a consistently polished writer.”—Seattle Weekly