When the body of a man is discovered hanging from a tree in the woods near
Eastvale, all signs point toward suicide. At least that's what it initially
looks like to Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot.
The man is soon identified as Mark Hardcastle, the set and costume designer for the local amateur theater company. Mark was successful and well liked in the community, but enough remains mysterious about his background that suicide isn't completely out of the question. But when Mark's older and wealthier lover is discovered bludgeoned to death in his home, Annie begins to think differently. Could it have been a crime of passion, or did overwhelming grief lead to a man taking his own life? Increasingly confounded, she calls in the vacationing Chief Inspector Alan Bankseven if it means prying him away from his new girlfriend.
Once on the investigation, Banks finds himself plunged into a case where nothing is as it seems. More and more his own words about the victim's latest production, Othello, are coming back to haunt him, for "jealousy, betrayal, envy, ambition, greed, lust, revengeall the colors of darkness" are quickly becoming his world as well.
"Robinson deftly integrates the requisite espionage elements with his regular cast. The unexpected cliffhanger will assure readers that this chapter in Banks's life is far from over." - Publishers Weekly.
"Starred Review. Even the most loyal fans of the series...will wonder if Banks has finally gotten in over his head. Best-selling author Robinson ... branches out into new territory in what may be his best novel yet. " - Library Journal.
"Robinson shows a deft hand at using forensic science, conflict between characters, and recurring series themes. Another winner from one of Britains established A-listers." - Booklist.
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Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire, and is the author of thirteen previous novels featuring Inspector Banks. He is the winner of numerous awards in the United States, Britain and Canada, and in 2002 he won the CWA Dagger in the Library.
Fourteen of his sixteen novels to date have featured Detective Inspector Alan Banks
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