This extraordinarily well-reviewed first novel introduces Scotland Yard's Inspector Thomas Lynley and his assistant, Barbara Havers, as they investigate a daughter's brutal murder of her deeply religious father.
Spellbinding...a truly fascinating story that is part psychological suspense and part detective story. -- Chicago Sun-Times
Pure entertainment from its insidious beginning to its gripping end. -- The Washington Post Book World
Exceptionally assured and impressive...highly entertaining. -- Newsweek
Awesome...immediately thrusts the author into P.D. James' dark orbit. -- Kirkus Reviews
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