When Thomas Pitt is summoned to Queen Victoria’s private chambers, he hardly knows what to expect. When she tells him that the body of one of her closest confidantes—Sir John Halberd—has been found in the Serpentine, he knows he is facing his most daunting and dangerous investigation yet.
Sir John was a man who kept many secrets, moving within a circle of the most powerful and prominent members of London society. And the more Pitt learns about Sir John’s past, the more he puts himself and his loved ones at risk.
The royal family cannot be denied…but will the most important case of Pitt’s career be his last?
London, 1813. One of the city’s many homeless children, Benji Thatcher was abducted, tortured, and murdered—and his younger sister is still missing. Few in authority care about a street urchin’s fate, but Sebastian refuses to let this killer go unpunished.
Uncovering a disturbing pattern of missing children, Sebastian is drawn into a shadowy, sadistic world. As he follows a grim trail that leads from the writings of the debauched Marquis de Sade to the city’s most notorious brothels, he comes to a horrifying realization: someone from society’s upper echelon is preying upon the city’s most vulnerable. And though dark, powerful forces are moving against him, Sebastian will risk his reputation and his life to keep more innocents from harm…