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Historical | Fiction
One summer weekend in 1949â€”but not our 1949â€”the well-
connected "Farthing set", a group of upper-crust English
families, enjoy a country retreat. Lucy is a minor daughter
in one of those families; her parents were both leading
figures in the group that overthrew Churchill and
negotiated peace with Herr Hitler eight years before.
Despite her parents' evident disapproval, Lucy is marriedâ€”
happilyâ€”to a London Jew. It was therefore quite a surprise
to Lucy when she and her husband David found themselves
invited to the retreat. It's even more startling when, on
the retreat's first night, a major politician of the
Farthing set is found gruesomely murdered, with abundant
signs that the killing was ritualistic.
It quickly becomes clear to Lucy that she and David were
brought to the retreat in order to pin the murder on him.
Major political machinations are at stake, including an
initiative in Parliament, supported by the Farthing set, to
limit the right to vote to university graduates. But
whoever's behind the murder, and the frame-up, didn't
reckon on the principal investigator from Scotland Yard
being a man with very private reasons for sympathizing with
outcastsâ€¦and looking beyond the obvious.
As the trap slowly shuts on Lucy and David, they begin to
see a way outâ€”a way fraught with peril in a darkening
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