Harlequin is Dead

Coming July 2012

It was an exquisite curve, like the ones Emily had seen as a child in the Louvre. But it wasn’t a brushstroke that formed it; it was a length of human gut. She pulled her eyes away; pulled them up to the face. Only what stared back wasn’t a face. It was the blank polished wood of a mask…

A serial killer is stalking Oxford’s undergraduates, dumping their bodies in grotesque, mutilated tableaux, their faces hidden by actors’ masks. DCI Emily Harris is drawn into the disturbing world of a killer obsessed by identity and belonging.

DS Rosie Lu, cut off from a family that has returned to Hong Kong, must finally confront the painful question of her own identity. But when the victims are all connected to a society for Oxford’s intellectual elite, Rosie is forced to look for answers in her present and not her past – from the one person capable of unlocking the killer’s identity, her boyfriend, and Emily’s ex, Tommy West, who founded the society seventeen years earlier.

Tommy slips effortlessly back into the mysterious community of outsiders he created. But it soon becomes clear that the murders so far have been nothing more than an elaborately laid out overture designed to draw Tommy onto the stage for the final bloody act.


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