Venetia Aldridge QC is a distinguished barrister. When she agrees
to defend Garry Ashe, accused of the brutal murder of his aunt, it
is one more opportunity to triumph in her career as a criminal
lawyer. But just four weeks later, Miss Aldridge is found dead.
Commander Adam Dalgliesh, called in to investigate, finds motives
for murder among the clients Venetia has defended, her professional
colleagues, her family - even her lover. As Dalgliesh narrows the
field of suspects, a second brutal murder draws them into greater
complexities of intrigue and evil.