On his return from India, Commander Joe Sandilands, w adept at the arts of dynamic diplomacy, finds himself up to his neck in a tricky political situation. A war-weary London is reeling from IRA atrocities and Joe is further plagued by the machinations of a spy-ring being run under his se by a Russian emigree princess. When a war hero is gunned down and the life of an even more popular Englishman threatened, Joe kws he only has days to root out the woman who is behind the killings: Irish? Russian? Or somebody quite other? With the aid of the proposed victim who offers himself as bait, and the services of a woman police constable, Joe discovers that the murderer's motive is t political but much more devious and deranged. And when the mask comes off, the killer's identity shocks even the battle-hardened commander. Praise for Barbara Cleverly: 'Clevery's (vel) evokes and in some way surpasses the work of Agatha Christie' Publishers Weekly 'The atmosphere of the dying days of the Raj is colourfully captured' Sunday Telegraph 'A great blood and guts blockbuster' Guardian 'Spectacular and dashing. Spellbinding' New York Times Book Review 'Stellar...as always' New York Times Book Review 'Atmospheric. ..intricately plotted' Kirkus Review
Barbara Cleverly lives in the middle of Cambridge surrounded by ancient buildings and bookshops. She was born and educated in the North of England at a Yorkshire grammar school and then at Durham University. She is currently working on a new series set in the golden age of archaeology, which is also published by Constable.