When a blackened skeleton is unearthed on a building site in the
City of London, no one can have the slightest idea of its
extraordinary link to a plot to assassinate the Queen of
Englandover 500 years ago. But there is one very conspicuous clue.
On the index finger of the body's right hand is a gold ring topped
with a brilliant, round emerald. DCI Jack Pendragon has just
transferred from Oxford to Brick Lane Police Station - in part to
escape his own past. Immediately, he finds himself investigating
three particularly gruesome murders. And he will need all the
experience he has acquired from two decades on the force to track
down a killer for whom an eerie obsession has become total madness.
A killer who draws his murderous inspiration from a Renaissance
family whose power and cruelty remain a living legend.