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This chilling new mystery in the Charles Lenox series takes readers back to his very first case and the ruthless serial killer who would set him on the course to become one of London’s most brilliant detectives.
In 1850 London, a young Charles Lenox struggles to make a name for himself as a detective…without a single case. Scotland Yard refuses to take him seriously and his friends deride him for attempting a profession at all. But when an anonymous writer sends a letter to the paper claiming to have committed the perfect crime—and promising to kill again—Lenox is convinced that this is his chance to prove himself.
The writer’s first victim is a young woman whose body is found in a naval trunk, caught up in the rushes of a small islets in the middle of the Thames. With few clues to go on, Lenox endeavors to solve the crime before another innocent life is lost. When the killer’s sights are turned toward those whom Lenox holds most dear, the stakes are raised and Lenox is trapped in a desperate game of cat and mouse.
In the tradition of Sherlock Holmes, this newest mystery in the Charles Lenox series pits the young detective against a maniacal murderer who would give Professor Moriarty a run for his money.
CHARLES FINCH is the USA Today bestselling author of the Charles Lenox mysteries, including the most recent, The Woman in the Water, as well as his first contemporary novel, The Last Enchantments. Finch received the 2017 Nona Balakian Citation Award, for excellence in reviewing, from the National Book Critics Circle. His reviews and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere.
LORI RADER-DAY is the author of the Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning Little Pretty Things and the Anthony Award-winning The Black Hour. Her most recent novel, The Day I Died was an Indie Next Pick, a finalist for the Chicago Writers Association 2017 Book of the Year, and a nominee for the 2018 Mary Higgins Clark Award and a Barry Award.