When the distinguished Mr. Justice Stafford dies of opium
poisoning, his shocking demise resurrects one of the most
sensational cases ever to inflame England: the murder five
years before of Kingsley Blaine, whose body was found
crucified in Farriersâ€™ Lane. Amid the public hysteria for
revenge, the police had arrested a Jewish actor who was soon
condemned to hang.
Police Inspector Thomas Pitt, investigating Staffordâ€™s
death, is drawn into the Farriersâ€™ Lane murder as well, for
it appears that Stafford may have been about to reopen the
case. Pitt receives curiously little help from his
colleagues on the force, but his wife, Charlotte, gleans
from her social engagements startling insights into both
cases. And slowly both Thomas and Charlotte begin to reach
for the same sinister and deeply dangerous truth.