Balford-le-Nez is a dying seaside town on the coast of Essex. But when a member of the town's small but growing Asian community is found dead near its beach, the sleepy town ignites. Working without her long-time partner, Detective Inspector Lynley, Sergeant Barbara Havers must probe not only the mind of a murderer and a case very close to her own heart, but also the terrible price people pay for deceiving others . . . and themselves.
An excellent drama of life and death in an enclosed society -- Mail on Sunday She writes extremely well, plots brilliantly and reaches an emotional level deeper than most ... Captivating -- The Times The best plotter in the mystery game, [her] elegant literate flow puts many Brits to shame -- Time Out