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"The author has the eyes of a hawk for character nuance and her claws out for signs of the criminal injustices rampant among the privileged classes during this gilded historical perilousness."
NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
When low-life moneylender William Weems is found murdered, there are few to mourn his passing. But when Inspector Pitt finds a list containing the names of some of London's most distinguished gentlemen in the murdered man's office, he recognizes the smell of blackmail. Fortunately, Pitt's clever, well-born wife, Charlotte has entree into London's best society. And at glittering balls and over gossipy teas, she observes a world of passion, power, and greed, that is closed to police inspection...

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Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including Death on Blackheath and Midnight at Marble Arch, and the William Monk novels, including Blood on the Water and Blind Justice. She is also the author of a series of five World War I novels, as well as twelve holiday novels, most recently A New York Christmas, and a historical novel, The Sheen on the Silk, set in the Ottoman Empire. Anne Perry lives in Los Angeles and Scotland.

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Another of the author's leisurely evocations of Victorian London (Highgate Rise, 1991) by way of Police Inspector Thomas Pitt, whose latest case is the murder of moneylender-blackmailer William Weems. Pitt is surprised when asked by superior Micah Drummond to handle the case (it's out of Pitt's district), and to interview Drummond's friend Lord Byam, who was being blackmailed by Weems but denies any part in the killing. The blackmail involved the death, 20 years before, of Laura Anstiss, wife of Byam's longtime friend Lord Anstiss, a political and financial power. Pitt investigates other victims of Weems's cupidity, some of them in judiciary and police ranks of importance, and begins to uncover the sinister influence of a secret society. He's assisted by well-born, down-to-earth wife Charlotte, whose entr‚e into London's highest society--through wealthy sister Emily--helps assess some of the possibilities. Pitt's dogged sleuthing produces a dramatic, surprising finale to an overlong story--its impact watered down by masses of repetitive, finicky detail and a plethora of subplots. Fans will love it, but even they might appreciate a little less padding. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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