Thomas and Charlotte Pitt Series, #23
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Featuring: Thomas Pitt
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In the first gray of a mid-September morning, Thomas Pitt,
mainstay of Her Majesty’s Special Branch, is summoned to
Connaught Square mansion where the body of a junior
diplomat lies huddled in a wheelbarrow. Nearby stands the
tenant of the house, the beautiful and notorious Egyptian
woman Ayesha Zakhari, who falls under the shadow of
suspicion. Pitt’s orders, emanating from Prime Minister
Gladstone himself, are to protect—at all costs—the good
name of the third person in the garden: senior cabinet
minister Saville Ryerson. This distinguished public
servant, whispered to be Ayesha’s lover, insists that she
is as innocent as he is himself. Could it be true?
In the dead man’s less-than-stellar reputation, Pitt finds
hope. But in ancient Alexandria, where the victim was once
an army officer, hope grows dim. For there, Pitt receives
intimations of deadly entanglements stretching from
Egyptian cotton fields to Manchester cotton mills, from the
noxious London slum known as Seven Dials to the madhouse
Meanwhile, in a packed courtroom at the Old Bailey, time is
ticking away for Ayesha and Saville. With Pitt and his
clients racing against the hangman, the trial reaches its
Thomas and Charlotte Pitt
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