In the tradition of Elizabeth George, Louise Penny, and P. D. James, New York Times bestselling author Deborah Crombie delivers a powerful tale of intrigue, betrayal, and lies that will plunge married London detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James into the unspeakable darkness that lies at the heart of murder.
Recently transferred to the London borough of Camden from Scotland Yard headquarters, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his new murder investigation team are called to a deadly bombing at historic St. Pancras Station. By fortunate coincidence, Melody Talbot, Gemma's trusted colleague, witnesses the explosion. The victim was taking part in an organized protest, yet the other group members swear the young man only meant to set off a smoke bomb. As Kincaid begins to gather the facts, he finds every piece of the puzzle yields an unexpected pattern, including the disappearance of a mysterious bystander.
The bombing isn't the only mystery troubling Kincaid. He's still questioning the reasons behind his transfer, and when his former boss—who's been avoiding him—is attacked, those suspicions deepen. With the help of his former sergeant, Doug Cullen, Melody Talbot, and Gemma, Kincaid begins to untangle the truth. But what he discovers will leave him questioning his belief in the job that has shaped his life and his values—and remind him just how vulnerable his precious family is.
Early in bestseller Crombie's exciting 16th Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James mystery, a white phosphorous grenade initially mistaken for a harmless smoke bomb fatally hits a street protester at London's St. Pancras International railway station. Others in the station crowd suffer injury, including some of Duncan and Gemma's police colleagues. The search for the victim's identity leads to the mysterious Ryan Marsh, an ex-cop gone underground for reasons that are never made clear. As usual, Crombie thoroughly immerses the reader in the crime solving, as well as the home lives of those trying to solve the crime, including friends, children, dogs, and a litter of stray kittens. As the protest at St. Pancras was against the destruction of London's architectural heritage, the city's tube and train stations, as well as various other landmarks, figure prominently in the story. Best of all, the eerily open ending sets the stage for the next installment. Author tour.
Another well crafted mystery
Crombie does it again. All the intrigue and suspense is there along with the warmth and humanity of Duncan and Gemma. I have only one bone to pick. The American Sierra Nevada beer is not made in Colorado. Colorado is in the Rockies. Sierra Nevada beer is made in California, home of the Sierra Nevada mountains. But I guess that's fictional license. Well done.