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Publisher's Summary

Anne Perry’s acclaimed Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels have made London’s exclusive world of wealth and power an addictive literary destination for listeners everywhere. This masterpiece, a haunting story of love and treason, invites us not only into the secret places of Britain’s power but also into the innermost sanctums of the fin de siècle Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Thomas Pitt, once a lowly policeman, is now the powerful head of Britain’s Special Branch, and some people fear that he may have been promoted beyond his abilities. He, too, feels painful moments of self-doubt, especially as rumors reach him of a plot to blow up connections on the Dover-London rail line - on which Austrian duke Alois Habsburg is soon to travel to visit his royal English kin.
Why would anyone destroy an entire train to kill one obscure Austrian royal - or are the rumors designed to distract Pitt from an even more devastating plot? He must resolve this riddle at once, before the damage is done.
Meanwhile, in a London sickroom, an old Italian woman - at the end of a romantic career as a revolutionary spy - is terrified that as she sinks into dementia she may divulge secrets that can kill. And a beautiful young Croatian woman, married to a British power broker, hoards her own mysteries. Apparently, all roads lead to the Continent, and Pitt suspects that between them these two fascinating women could tell him things he desperately needs to know. But as the hours tick by, it seems that the only woman Pitt can count on is his clever wife, Charlotte.
No one sustains mesmerizing suspense better than Anne Perry. In Pitt’s trial by fire, his wrenching moral dilemma, and his electrifying moment of decision, the beloved best-selling author gives us a climax never to be forgotten.
©2012 Anne Perry (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Nancy J on 05-31-12

Special Branch stories finally measure up.

I've been an Anne Perry fan since The Cater Street Hangman, the very first Pitt and Charlotte book, and I read each book as it came out. When she took Pitt out of the police and into Special Branch, the plots seemed to be labored and not very believable. They did improve gradually, and with Dorchester Terrace Perry has finally gotten Special Branch up to her previous standards for believable and interesting plots. As usual, her characters are well-drawn and thoroughly fleshed out.

Gerard Doyle's performance is excellent, and this book was entirely enjoyable.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Brenda on 12-13-12

Excellent !!!!

I really enjoy Anne Perry's books. This book is one of her best. The setting is in a period of time that you wonder how any crimes were solved.

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