A Darker God
A Laetitia Talbot Mystery
By Barbara Cleverly
(Bantam, Paperback, 9780385339919, 416pp.)
Publication Date: March 23, 2010
Categories: Mystery & Detective - Historical
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Award-winning author Barbara Cleverly returns with this spellbinding new mystery featuring aspiring archaeologist Laetitia Talbot. In Athens in 1928, Letty begins a perilous race to unearth a plot steeped in betrayal, seething with retribution, and about to explode in a wave of lethal violence.
In the open-air theatre of the dark god Dionysos, Letty watches a performance of an ancient Greek tragedy. But the revenge that is exacted onstage, the dagger that is wielded, and the blood that flows in full view of the audience are not theatrical effects. As Letty digs for clues, she unearths disturbing secrets and dark animosities with catastrophic implications worthy of a Sophocles—but of far more recent vintage.
Now, as a killer cuts a merciless swath across a country in the throes of political instability, Letty herself steps unawares into the murderer’s savage spotlight—a light so bright she may not be able to see the dark figure behind it until it’s too late.
Barbara Cleverly is an award-winning writer of seven novels including the New York Times Notable Book The Last Kashmiri Rose. She lives in Cambridge, England. Delta publishes both Ms. Cleverly's Joe Sandilands novels and her acclaimed Laetitia Talbot series (Bright Hair About the Bone) in the United States.