In a London hospital, Prudence Barrymore, a talented nurse who had once been one of Florence Nightingale's angels of mercy in the Crimean War, meets sudden death by strangulation. Private inquiry agent William Monk is engaged to investigate this horrific crime which intuition tells him was no random stroke of violence by a madman.
Greatly helped by his unconventional friend Hester Latterly, another of Miss Nightingale's nurses, and barrister Oliver Rathbone, Monk assembles a portrait of the remarkable woman. Yet he also discerns the shadow of a tragic evil that darkens every level of society, and a frightening glimmer of his own eclipsed past.
About the Author
Anne Perry is a New York Times bestselling author noted for her memorable characters, historical accuracy and exploration of social and ethical issues. Her two series, one featuring Inspector Thomas Pitt, and one featuring Inspector William Monk, have been published in multiple languages. Anne Perry has also published a successful series based around WWI and the Reavley family, and the recent standalone novel The Sheen On The Silk. Anne Perry was selected by The Times as one of the twentieth century's '100 Masters of Crime.' She now lives in LA.
“Riveting . . . [a] surpassingly excellent historical and psychologically intricate mystery.”—Publishers Weekly
“Absorbing . . . Perry continues her excellent renderings of Victorian manners and mayhem.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“[Anne Perry] is adept at showing the reader two sides of Victorian London–the dark side where people are barely surviving and glittering society where people sometimes kill to hide terrible secrets.”—Knoxville News-Sentinel