An investigative reporter hired to expose corruption at the highest levels of the government uncovers a chilling link to World War II in this expertly crafted thriller
As investigative reporter for the Sunday Herald’s high-profile “Exposure” column, Julia Hamilton exposes everything from corruption in high places to the mutilation and murder of five-year-old twin sisters in a small Welsh village. Now that Julia’s proven herself, her boss, Lord William Western, entrusts her with her most challenging assignment yet: Dig up dirt on rival media tycoon Harold King. Rumored to be linked to the Mafia and terrorist groups, King came out of nowhere to emerge as one of the country’s most controversial figures. Julia must find out what the self-proclaimed Pole—who speaks fluent German—is concealing.
With formidable editor Ben Harris accompanying her, she travels to Nessenberg, Germany, where a young King—then known as Hans Koenig—was rescued from a refugee camp after the war by a kindhearted Englishwoman. As they delve deeper, Julia and Ben uncover evidence that King’s entire past may be pure invention. But the truth is far more horrific than anyone imagines: a legacy of hate and mass murder that stretches back almost a half century—and a shared secret that two powerful men are determined to keep buried forever.
Veteran thriller writer Anthony ( The Doll's House ) deftly introduces suspenseful intrigue on the very first page of her new novel and maintains the narrative tension throughout. Julia Hamilton is an aggressive journalist on a top London newspaper whose shrewdly manipulative editor and publisher, Sir William Western, has big plans for her. She is to head an investigative column called ``Exposure,'' and her first target is the hugely successful communications tycoon Harold King. Ruthless, power-hungry and utterly corrupt, King has kept his private life and his unsavory past well concealed--with the help of a small band of hired killers. As Julia and her boss, Ben Harris (also her lover), travel through Germany and England delving into King's background, they are shaken by the brutal murder of a potential witness and become aware that they themselves are being stalked. Opposition to their insistent prying comes from an unexpected quarter when they discover that Western has his own secrets to protect. An impossibly larger-than-life villain and a saccharine portrait of Julia's family blunt the story's edges, but provocative entanglements and some sharply defined politicians and journalists who skirt the edges of decency sustain interest until the finale.