Can the rich get away with murder, or is there always a price? Two days in May bring Colin Pinnock’s career to a peak. His party wins a stunning election victory and he wins a new government office. What a pity that among the congratulations pouring in lurks one grubby card asking: “Who do you think you are?” Is this someone trying to put him down a peg, or is it someone holding damaging information? As he probes, he’s led back in time to an old political scandal and a murder case ushering a politician out of office, and out of sight ever after. Soon events in the present start tangling with those of the past and Colin finds himself facing something worse than the toppling of his career; his life is in danger. Barnard mixes fact with surmise from an actual 1980s murder case to great effect.
Robert Barnard (1936-2013) was awarded the Malice Domestic Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Nero Wolfe Award, as well as the Agatha and Macavity awards. An eight-time Edgar nominee, he was a member of Britain's distinguished Detection Club, and, in May 2003, he received the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement in mystery writing. His most recent novel, Charitable Body, was published by Scribner in 2012.
George Easter Editor/Publisher, Anthony Award-winning Deadly Pleasures magazine If you read and enjoyed the author's Out of the Blackout and A Scandal in Belgravia, you will certainly find an equally well-told tale in A Murder in Mayfair. Barnard is an author who refuses to write to formula...When he is at his best (as in this case) Barnard is the equal of Hill, Dexter, Rendell, Dickinson, Walters, and James -- in other words, the best of British crime writing.
People There's one thing you can count on: just when you think you've figured out what Barnard is up to, he'll outfox you again.