Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345523709, 389pp.
Publication Date: July 26, 2011
In London's affluent Brunswick Gardens, the battle over Charles Darwin's revolutionary theory of evolution intensifies as the respected Reverend Parmenter is boldly challenged by his beautiful assistant, Unity Bellwood a new woman whose feminism and aggressive Darwinism he finds appalling. When Unity, three months pregnant, tumbles down the staircase to her death, Superintendent Thomas Pitt is as certain as he can be that one of the three deeply devout men in the house committed murder. Could it have been the Reverend Parmenter? His handsome curate? Or his son, a fervent Roman Catholic? Pitt and his clever wife, Charlotte, refuse to settle for less than the truth or less than justice.
“Mesmerizing . . . a great place to begin with what I guarantee will become a Perry addiction.”—Los Angeles Times
“Once again . . . Perry amazes us.”—The New York Times Book Review
“As in most good detective fiction, no one and nothing—including death—is exactly as it seems.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Taut with tension and political intrigue.”—San Francisco Examiner
“[A] brilliant series.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune