A riveting bestseller from one of the UK's biggest thriller writers.
Why should distinguished Edwardian Cabinet minister Edwin Strafford resign at the height of his parliamentary career? Why does the woman he loves so suddenly and coldly reject him? Why, seventy years later, should people go to such lengths - even as far as murder - to prevent the truth from being revealed? Martin Radford, history graduate, disaffected and unemployed, leaps at the chance to get to the island of Madeira and begin the hunt for a solution to the intriguing secret of Edwin Strafford's fall from grace. However, his seeming good fortune turns to nightmare as his investigation triggers a bizarre and violent train of events which remorselessly entangles him and those who believed they had escaped the spectre of crimes long past but never paid for…
“'A complex trail of blackmail and murder. Recommended'”
“'A hornet's nest of jealousy, blackmail and violence. Engrossing'”
“'One of the best novels I've read in a long time...The story is absolutely compelling...I loved every one of its 500 pages'”
The Washington Post
“'Combines the expert suspense manipulation skills of a Daphne Du Maurier romance with those of a John Le Carre thriller'”
The New York Times