Calder Moor is a wild and deadly place: many have been trapped in the myriad limestone caves, lost in collapsed copper mines, injured on perilous gritstone ridges. But this time, when two bodies are discovered in the shadow of the ancient circle of stones known as Nine Sisters Henge, it is clearly not a case for Mountain Rescue. The corpses are those of a young man and woman. Each met death in a different fashion. Each died violently. To Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, brought in to investigate by special request, this grisly crime promises to be one of the toughest assignments of his career. For the unfortunate Nicola Maiden was the daughter of a former officer in an elite undercover unit, a man Lynley once regarded as a mentor. Now, as Lynley struggles to find out if Nicola's killer was an enemy of her father's or one she earned herself, a disgraced Barbara Havers, determined to redeem herself in the eyes of her longtime partner, crisscrosses London seeking information on the second murder victim. Yet the more dark secrets Lynley and Havers uncover, the more they learn that neither the victims nor the suspects are who they appear to be. And once again they come up against the icy realization that human relationships are often murderous...and that the blood that binds can also kill.
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by Elizabeth George
"This is the latest installment in George's immensely popular series featuring Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his subordinate, Detective Sergeant (here demoted to Detective Constable) Barbara Havers. A young man and woman who seem to have no connection with each other have been found murdered on the same patch of a large moor. The young woman's dad is a former cop; when her body is found, he asks for Lynley's help. This is a long (16 tapes) and complex tale. The investigation moves back and forth between London and the scene of the crime. Several plot lines take place simultaneously, each plot with its own largely separate cast of characters. Donada Peters rises well to the challenge without losing the listener. Her pacing is precise, and each of her characters is distinctive. She is particularly strong with accents, even managing to hint at the subtle inflections of an American character who wishes to be thought English. R.E.K. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"
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