"In this dark house, the author’s light shines brightly."-Richmond Times-Dispatch

"…author Deborah Crombie confirms her position as a gifted master of the mystery genre…" -Mystery Scene

"…Crombie is a master of the cliffhanger." – Associated Press

"It’s a web of gossamer-thin clues…"- Publishers Weekly

"Crombie’s newest crime novel has it all – great characters, a rich plot, graceful writing and dramatic tense scenes. The result is a fantastic read…This novel of physical and emotional challenges succeeds at all levels. It is, in short, superb."– RT Bookclub

(Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #10)

An abandoned Southwark warehouse burns next door to a women's shelter for victims of spousal abuse. Within it lies the charred corpse of a woman burned beyond all recognition. At the same time, workers at Guy's Hospital anxiously discuss the disappearance of a hospital administrator – a beautiful, emotionally fragile young woman who's vanished without a trace.

And in an old, dark, rambling London house, nine-year-old Harriet's awful fears won't be silenced - as she worries about her feuding parents, her schoolwork...and the strange woman who is her only companion in this scary, unfamiliar place. Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid – lovers and former partners – have their own pressing concerns. But they must put aside private matters to investigate these disturbing cases. Yet neither Gemma nor Duncan realize how closely these cases are connected – or how important their resolutions will be for an abducted young child who is frightened, alone ...and in serious peril.


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