Series: Sebastian St. Cyr #4
Published by NAL on November 1, 2008
Genres: Historical, Mystery
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London, 1812. The brutal slaughter of eight young prostitutes in a house of refuge near Covent Garden leaves only one survivor- and one witness: Hero Jarvis, reform-minded daughter of the Prince Regent's cousin, Lord Jarvis. When the Machiavellian powerbroker quashes any official inquiry that might reveal his daughter's unorthodox presence, Hero launches an investigation of her own and turns to Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, for help.
Working in an uneasy alliance, Hero and Sebastian follow a trail of clues leading from the seedy brothels and docksides of London's East End to the Mayfair mansions of a noble family with dark secrets to hide. Risking both their lives and their reputations, the two must race against time to stop a killer whose ominous plot threatens to shake the nation to its very core.
Hero Jarvis was interviewing Rose, one of the former prostitutes taking refuge at a home sponsored by the Quakers when the house is besieged and everyone is murdered. Hero narrowly escapes and enlists Sebastian St. Cyr’s help in finding the killers and discovering their motives.
Another outstanding story in an extraordinary series. What first appears to be a simple murder investigation leads down so many varying paths that expose sexual abuse, a criminal conspiracy and class injustice. We also learn a lot more about Hero and her complicated relationship with her father and her evolving one with Sebastian.
This has become one of my most favorite series.
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