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In this, his landmark fortieth novel, Quintin Jardine tells the remarkable story of a man’s quest for justice – at any cost.

1818, Carluke, Lanarkshire.

Mathew Fleming returns home to Scotland following heroic service at the Battle of Waterloo. After seven years away, he is a ghostly presence to those he left behind.

But Mathew is ambitious and soon becomes a man of influence in his county and beyond. Yet through all his success, he still hides the loss of his one true love.

When a terrible act of murder occurs, Mathew must choose between the rule of blood and the rule of law. And as a man of honour with a warrior’s instincts, he embarks on a journey of vengeance that will test every sinew of his faith in mankind…

Reviews

Very engaging as well as ingenious, and the unraveling of the mystery is excellently done
Scotsman, Allan Massie
Well constructed, fast-paced, Jardine's narrative has many an ingenious twist and turn
Observer
Remarkably assured, raw-boned, a tour de force
New York Times