A murder in a quiet English village, long-buried secrets and a man's search for answers about his traumatic past entangle FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan in the latest edge-of-your-seat Sharpe & Donovan novel
As a young boy, Oliver York witnessed the murder of his wealthy parents in their London apartment. The killers kidnapped him and held him in an isolated Scottish ruin, but he escaped, thwarting their plans for ransom. Now, after thirty years on the run, one of the two men Oliver identified as his tormentors may have surfaced.
Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan are enjoying the final day of their Irish honeymoon when a break-in at the home of Emma's grandfather, private art detective Wendell Sharpe, points to Oliver. The Sharpes have a complicated relationship with the likable, reclusive Englishman, an expert in Celtic mythology and international art thief who taunted Wendell for years. Emma and Colin postpone meetings in London with their elite FBI team and head straight to Oliver. But when they arrive at York's country home, a man is dead and Oliver has vanished.
As the danger mounts, new questions arise about Oliver's account of his boyhood trauma. Do Emma and Colin dare trust him? With the trail leading beyond Oliver's small village to Ireland, Scotland and their own turf in the United States, the stakes are high, and Emma and Colin must unravel the decades-old tangle of secrets and lies before a killer strikes again.
New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers delivers the gripping, suspense-filled tale readers have been waiting for.
At the start of bestseller Neggers's convoluted seventh novel featuring FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan (after 2016's Liar's Key), the couple are nearing the end of their honeymoon in Ireland when they're drawn into a case involving Oliver York, a former international art thief who's now assisting MI5. The pair travel from Dublin to Oliver's home in the Cotswolds, where an unidentified man has been found dead; Oliver himself is missing. His gardener and childhood friend, former MI5 agent Henrietta Balfour, refuses to consider that he might be guilty of any crime. She joins with Emma and Colin in ferreting out the truth about the dead man and his involvement with Oliver. Their search for answers takes them to Heron's Cove, Maine, and to a final standoff in the Scottish Highlands. Filled with digressions and plodding summaries of backstory, this entry will appeal mainly to series fans, who will enjoy catching up with the newlyweds and learning the titillating details of Oliver's traumatic childhood.