This is book number 10 in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Novels series.
An abandoned Southwark warehouse burns next door to a women's shelter for victims of spousal abuse. Within it lies the charred corpse of a female body burned beyond all recognition. At the same time, workers at Guy's Hospital anxiously discuss the disappearance of a hospital administrator -- a beautiful, emotionally fragile young woman who's vanished without a trace.
And in an old, dark, rambling London house, nine-year-old
Harriet's awful fears won't be silenced -- as she worries about her
feuding parents, her schoolwork . . . and the strange woman who
is her only companion in this scary, unfamiliar place.
Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid -- lovers and former partners -- have their own pressing concerns. But they must put aside private matters to investigate these disturbing cases. Yet neither Gemma nor Duncan realize how closely the cases are connected -- or how important their resolutions will be for an abducted young child who is frightened, alone . . . and in serious peril.
Deborah Crombie is a New York Times bestselling author and a native Texan who has lived in both England and Scotland. She now lives in McKinney, Texas, sharing a house that is more than one hundred years old with her husband, three cats, and two German shepherds.
“Crombie has laid claim to the literary territory of moody psychological suspense owned by P.D. James and Barbara Vine.” — Washington Post
“Crombie...has evolved into a masterful novelist.” — Denver Post
“A master of the modern British mystery...one writer who gets better with every book.” — Harrisburg Patriot News
“Rich and complex.” — London Times
“A defiinite recomendation for fans of Elizabeth george, P.D. James and Ruth Rendell.” — Library Journal
“Crombie keeps this series on its toes with her smooth procedural techniques and engagingly eccentric characters.” — New York Times Book Review
“An uncanny affinity for the English detective genre...Her characters are three-dimensional and are drawn with compassion and sensitivity.” — Dallas Morning News
Crombie’s steady hand drives teh story--and the likable Kincaid and james--safely home again. — Texas Monthly
“...interesting and attractive characters...” — Publishers Weekly
“As always, Ms. Crombie peoples her novel with well-drawn, interesting characters. — Richmond Times-Dispatch
In this dark house, the author’s light shines brightly. — Richmond Times-Dispatch on In a Dark House