The murder of a prostitute named Ada McKinley in a bedroom on decrepit Pentecost Alley should occasion no stir in Victoria's great metropolis, but under the victim's body, the police find a Hellfire Club badge inscribed with the name "Finlay Fitzjames"--a name that instantly draws Superintendent Thomas Pitt into the case. Finlay's father--immensely wealthy, powerful, and dangerous--refuses to consider the possibility that his son has been in Ada McKinley's bed. The implication is clear: Pitt is to arrest someone other than Finlay Fitzjames for Ada's demise. But Thomas Pitt is not a man to be intimidated, and with the help of his quick-witted wife, Charlotte, he stubbornly pursues his investigation--one that twists and turns like London's own ancient streets.
Anne Perryis the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including"Death on Blackheath"and"Midnight at Marble Arch, "and""the William Monk novels, including"Blood on the Water"and"Blind Justice." She is also the author of a series of five World War I novels, as well as twelve holiday novels, most recently"A New York Christmas, "and a historical novel, "The Sheen on the Silk, "set in the Ottoman Empire. Anne Perry lives in Los Angeles and Scotland."
Vibrant . . alluring . . . It is [Perry s] fine-bladed outrage that draws the blood in this series. "The New York Times Book Review" Difficult to put down . . . tricky and beautifully paced. "The Virginian-Pilot" Stands as one of her most intricately constructed plots . . . Perry packs a triple wallop into the final pages, one climax following another. "Chicago Sun-Times" Unfolds in a masterly fashion, sure to satisfy devotees of the classic puzzle. "Houston Chronicle" Beautifully crafted, filled with the gaslit atmosphere of a bygone world. "Cosmopolitan""