In a hospital, small-time private detective Ray Lovell wakes up delirious and unable to get out of bed, in this mystery by the author of The Tenderness of Wolves. Before the accident that landed him there, Lovell had been hired to find Rose Janko, the estranged daughter of a traveling Gypsy family, who had gone missing seven years earlier. Half Romany himself, Lovell is surprised by the intense hostility he encounters from the Jankos, who are either cursed or hiding a terrible secret, the discovery of which the detective can't help suspecting is connected to Rose's disappearance.
"A beautifully crafted novel with skillful characterization and a plot which twists and turns.... This story of loss, deceit and family tragedy lingers long after you've finished the book."—Daily Express (UK)