"New York Times" bestselling author Laurie R. King takes us to a remote cottage in Cornwall in this gripping tale of intrigue, terrorism, and explosive passions that begins with a visit to a recluse code-named . . . Once studied by British intelligence for his excruciating sensitivity to the world's turmoil, Bennett Grey has withdrawn from the world until an American Bureau of Investigation agent comes to assess Grey's potential as a weapon in a new kind of warfare. Agent Harris Stuyvesant needs Grey's help to enter a realm where the rich and the radical exist side by side a heady mix of power, celebrity, and sexuality that conceals the free world's deadliest enemy. Soon Stuyvesant finds himself dangerously seduced by one woman and even more dangerously falling in love with another. As he sifts through secrets divulged and kept, he uncovers the target of a horrifying conspiracy, and wonders if he can trust anyone, even his touchstone.
About the Author
Laurie R. King is the Edgar Award-winning author of the Kate Martinelli novels and the acclaimed Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes mysteries, as well as a few stand-alone novels. "The Beekeeper's Apprentice", the first in her Mary Russell series, was nominated for an Agatha Award and was named one of the Century's Best 100 Mysteries by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. "A Monstrous Regiment of Women" won the Nero Wolfe Award. She has degrees in theology, and besides writing she has also managed a coffee store and raised children, vegetables and the occasional building. She lives in northern California.
“This suspense novel unfolds slowly, but King is so adept at telling a story that the pace never lags. …. an entertaining mix of ambition, intrigue, social unrest and unfettered idealism.”—Arizona Republic
“Cinematic…richly, even lushly, imagined.” –Booklist, starred review
“Intelligent and nuanced . . . Indelible characters . . . a plot as tight as a drum. What more could you want?” –Seattle Times
“An Anglophile’s treat of sixth sense and sensibility.” –Entertainment Weekly