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Back to the Garden by Laurie R. King

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Also by Laurie R. King:

Back to the Garden, September 2022
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Island of the Mad, June 2019
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Lockdown, August 2018
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Island of the Mad, June 2018
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The Murder of Mary Russell, April 2016
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Dreaming Spies, March 2015
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Garment Of Shadows, September 2012
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Pirate King, September 2011
Hardcover / e-Book
Unusual Suspects, December 2010
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The God of the Hive, May 2010
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The Language of Bees, May 2009
Hardcover / e-Book
Unusual Suspects, December 2008
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Touchstone, January 2008
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The Art of Detection, May 2006
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Locked Rooms, June 2005
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The Game, March 2005
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Justice Hall, February 2003
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The Beekeeper's Apprentice, March 2002
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O Jerusalem, June 2000
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The Moor, February 1999
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A Letter of Mary, January 1998
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A Monsterous Regiment of Women, November 1996
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Back to the Garden
Laurie R. King


A Novel

Bantam
September 2022
On Sale: September 6, 2022
336 pages
ISBN: 0593496566
EAN: 9780593496565
Kindle: B09N6VSKG7
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Mystery Historical

A magnificent house, vast formal gardens, a golden family that shaped California, and a colorful past filled with now-famous artists: the Gardener Estate was a twentieth-century Eden.

And now, just as the Estate is preparing to move into a new future, restoration work on some of its art digs up a grim relic of the home’s past: a human skull, hidden away for decades.

Inspector Raquel Laing has her work cut out for her. Fifty years ago, the Estate’s young heir, Rob Gardener, turned his palatial home into a counterculture commune of peace, love, and equality. But that was also a time when serial killers preyed on innocents—monsters like The Highwayman, whose case has just surged back into the public eye.

Could the skull belong to one of his victims?

To Raquel—a woman who knows all about colorful pasts—the bones clearly seem linked to The Highwayman. But as she dives into the Estate’s archives to look for signs of his presence, what she unearths begins to take on a dark reality all of its own.

Everything she finds keeps bringing her back to Rob Gardener himself. While he might be a gray-haired recluse now, back then he was a troubled young Vietnam vet whose girlfriend vanished after a midsummer festival at the Estate.

But a lot of people seem to have disappeared from the Gardener Estate that summer when the commune mysteriously fell apart: a young woman, her child, and Rob’s brother, Fort.

The pressure is on, and Raquel needs to solve this case—before The Highwayman slips away, or another Gardener vanishes.

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