A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel
By Anne Perry
(Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345523716, 368pp.)
Publication Date: October 4, 2011
Other Editions of This Title: Mass Market Paperback
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Thomas Pitt, mainstay of Her Majesty’s Special Branch, is summoned to Connaught Square mansion, where the body of a junior diplomat lies huddled in a wheelbarrow. Nearby stands the tenant of the house, the beautiful, notorious Egyptian woman Ayesha Zakhari, who falls under the shadow of suspicion. Pitt’s orders are to protect—at all costs—the good name of the third person in the garden: senior cabinet minister Saville Ryerson. The distinguished public servant, whispered to be Ayesha’s lover, insists that she is as innocent as Pitt himself. Pitt’s journey to uncover the truth takes him from Egyptian cotton fields to the insidious London slum called Seven Dials—and ultimately to a packed London courtroom in which shocking secrets will at last be revealed.
Among Anne Perry’s other novels featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt are Southampton Row, The Whitechapel Conspiracy, Half Moon Street, Bedford Square, and Brunswick Gardens. She also writes the popular novels featuring Victorian private investigator William Monk—among them, Death of a Stranger, Funeral in Blue, and Slaves of Obsession—as well as a new series set during World War One that began with No Graves As Yet. Her short story “Heroes” won an Edgar Award. Anne Perry lives in Scotland. Visit her Web site at www.anneperry.net.
“Terrific, vivid stuff . . . Prolific Anne Perry [is] a master of the genre.”—The Seattle Times
“Intricately layered . . . The visual panorama is voluptuous to behold.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Perry’s as good as it gets. . . . The final courtroom scene produces more victims and left me breathless.”—Providence Journal
“Captivating . . . offers an added dollop of historical interest, immersing both Pitt and the reader in the intrigue and seething atmosphere of Egypt.”—Spartanburg Herald-Journal
“One of the best [novels] that Perry has written.”—The Historical Novels Review