In the Soho studio of Bodies magazine are found four corpses: a photographer, his assistant, an actress-student and a young bodybuilder. Perry Trethowan of London’s C.I.D. can’t discern a motive for the murders and soon finds himself involved in the seedy world of competitive body-building and a sinister operation behind Bodies magazine.
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.