Getting into the mind of a killer isn't for the faint of heart... Psychologist Alice Quentin must track down a murderer in the City, in this thrilling novel for fans of Nicci French and Ruth Rendell.
At the height of a summer heatwave, a killer stalks the City of London.
The avenging angel leaves behind a scattering of feathers with each body - but why these victims? What were their sins?
Psychologist Alice Quentin only agrees to help out on the case because she owes Detective Don Burns a favour. But soon she finds herself deep in the toxic heart of the Square Mile - a place where money means more than life, and no one can be counted innocent.
With fascinating characters and a page-turning plot, Kate Rhodes's novels are perfect for fans of Nicci French and Val McDermid.
In Rhodes's disappointing follow-up to 2013's Crossbones Yard, psychologist Alice Quentin and London police detective Don Burns get on the track of a serial killer who targets financiers affiliated with the Angel Bank and who leaves white feathers and an angel picture at each crime scene. The police believe the killer might be a disgruntled ex-employee or someone who blames bankers for the recent financial crisis, but Alice suspects more personal motives. Still traumatized by the crossbones case, she struggles to manage difficult family interactions, a disturbed client turned stalker, and her fledgling relationship with Andrew Piernan, a charity fund-raiser with connections to the Angel Bank. She also senses a link between high-class prostitute Poppy Beckwith and the murder victims. For a forensic psychologist consulting with the police, Alice shows a surprising lack of insight into why she and others act as they do. The book's action and its characters' conversations are rarely given much context, and repetitive but elliptical references to the previous novel may annoy some readers.