On a dank November day in the late 50s DI Ted Stratton is called to a murder scene in Soho. The victim is Jeremy Lloyd, a loner with a taste for religion and spirituality. Stratton's enquiries lead him to his home turf of Suffolk, where a Mr Roth has set up a spiritual foundation. There, Stratton meets Michael, a boy who has been proclaimed as the next incarnation in a long line of spiritual leaders. The boy's mother, the same woman whose photograph was cherished by Lloyd, has disappeared. When a woman's body is found in woods nearby, Stratton initially assumes he has found her, but the reality turns out to be far more terrifying.
Laura Wilson's acclaimed and award-winning crime novels have won her many fans. The first novel in this series, Stratton's War, won the Ellis Peters Award. Two of her novels have been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger. Laura is the Guardian's crime reviewer. She lives in Islington, London.
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