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The first death looked like a suicide. But someone had tucked a picture of an angel and a handful of white feathers into the banker's pocket before pushing him in front of a train. A killer is stalking The Square Mile—the financial district in London—an avenging angel intent on punishment. But why these victims? What were their sins?
Psychologist Alice Quentin swore she'd never get involved with police work again. Her duty is to the living, not the dead. But she owes Detective Don Burns a favor. He was the one who would sit for hours when the last case they worked on together had landed her in the hospital. That case had clearly taken its toll on him, and his career, too. So when he comes begging for help, how can she refuse?
In order to find the murderer, Alice and Detective Burns must dig deep into the toxic heart of one of the major financial centers in the world. A place where money means more than life, and no one can be counted innocent.
A Killing of Angels is the second book in Kate Rhodes' Alice Quentin Series.
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.