Inspector Ian Rutledge is quickly sent to investigate the sudden deaths of three members of the same eminent Cornwall family, but the World War I veteran soon realizes that nothing about this case is routine. Including the identity of one of the dead, a reclusive spinster unmasked as O. A. Manning, whose war poetry helped Rutledge retain his grasp on sanity in the trenches of France. Guided by the voice of Hamish, the Scot he unwillingly executed on the battlefield, Rutledge is driven to uncover the haunting truths of murder and madness rooted in a family crypt...
""Fine writing. A spectacular conclusion that rejuvenates the cliche 'It was a dark and stormy night.'""-- Washington Post Book World
""A strong mystery, filled with fine characterizations [and] a superb eye for Cornwall...Wise and wily.""-- The Boston Globe
""[Todd wraps] his challenging plot, complex characters, and subtle psychological insights in thick layers of atmosphere.""-- The New York Times Book Review