When the daughter of Taymullah Azhar vanishes with her mother, Angelina, Det. Sgt. Barbara Havers cant help because Taymullah never married Angelina. Then Angelina returns to inform them that little Hadiyyah has been kidnapped from an Italian marketplace, and Inspector Thomas Lynley, Haverss partner, heads south to help. The last Lynley novel debuted in the top spot on the New York Times best sellers list.
#1 "New York Times" bestselling author Elizabeth George delivers another masterpiece of suspense in her Inspector Lynley series: a gripping child-in-danger story that tests Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers like never before.
Barbara is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother, and Barbara cant really help--Azhar had never married Angelina, and his name isnt on Hadiyyahs, their daughters, birth certificate. He has no legal claim. Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective, but the trail goes cold.
Azhar is just beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss when Angelina reappears with shocking news: Hadiyyah is missing, kidnapped from an Italian marketplace. The Italian police are investigating, and the Yard wont get involved, until Barbara takes matters into her own hands -- at the risk of her own career.
As both Barbara and her partner, Inspector Thomas Lynley, soon discover, the case is far more complex than a typical kidnapping, revealing secrets that could have far-reaching effects outside of the investigation. With both her job and the life of a little girl on the line, Barbara must decide what matters most, and how far shes willing to go to protect it.