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In the American Civil War the opposing armies are desperate for arms. A London trader selling weapons to the South faces a moral dilemma when his daughter, in love with a Confederate, insists he change sides. When he is brutally murdered, her lover is the immediate suspect. William and Hester Monk must bring the pair back from the front line in America to face justice in an English court.

Reviews

Anne Perry's novels are New York Times bestsellers and have earned much critical acclaim: 'Give her a good murder and a shameful social evil, and Anne Perry can write a Victorian mystery that would make Dickens' eyes pop out
New York Times Book Review
A totally contemporary feel ... admirably well-written
Guardian
Her Victorian England pulsates with life and is peopled with wonderfully memorable characters
Faye Kellerman
A complex plot supported by superb storytelling ... and William Monk, a contender for the post of Most Original Investigator in recent fiction
Scotland on Sunday