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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Deborah Crombie makes her mark with this absorbing, finely hued tale of suspense - a deeply atmospheric and twisting mystery full of deadly secrets, salacious lies, and unexpected betrayals involving the mysterious drowning of a Met detective - an accomplished rower - on the Thames.
When a K9 search-and-rescue team discovers a woman's body tangled up with debris in the river, Scotland Yard superintendent Duncan Kincaid finds himself heading an investigation fraught with complications. The victim, Rebecca Meredith, was a talented but difficult woman with many admirers - and just as many enemies. An Olympic contender on the verge of a controversial comeback, she was also a high-ranking detective with the Met - a fact that raises a host of political and ethical issues in an already sensitive case.
To further complicate the situation, a separate investigation, led by Detective Inspector Gemma James, Kincaid's wife, soon reveals a disturbing - and possibly related - series of crimes, widening the field of suspects. But when someone tries to kill the search-and-rescue team member who found Rebecca's body, the case becomes even more complex and dangerous, involving powerful interests with tentacles that reach deep into the heart of the Met itself.
Surrounded by enemies with friendly faces, pressured to find answers quickly while protecting the Yard at all costs, his career and reputation on the line, Kincaid must race to catch the killer before more innocent lives are lost - including his own.
©2011 Deborah Crombie (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ruth on 06-03-12

a great addition to the series

james and kincaid with their growing family continue with their crime fighting ways. a deborah crombie novel is not to be missed. gerard doyle/michael deehy is not my favorite narrator for this series and i wish that audible had purchased jenny sterlin's version, a bit too pricey for me to buy independently. but just the same i'm grateful that the book is available on audible.

if you are new to crombie, think about starting with the early novels so you can see how these characters grow as police officers, as individuals and how their romance develops. and you get to watch how a good writer just gets better.

"dreaming of the bones", "necessary as blood" and "kissed a sad good-bye" are my top choices, but all her books are consistently engaging and quite wonderful. ms. crombie is not only a fine story teller but is a talented writer.

so i will be rereading and listening to them all again. and waiting for the next one! i have some books, some on kindle and all that are available on audio through audible. what amazing choices we have these days.

you can follow her on Facebook where she talks about her kitties, her book tour, her Jungle Red women writing group and where she introduced me to a great weekly book review Shelf Review.

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10 of 11 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Nancy J on 09-02-12

Another winner from Crombie

Deborah Crombie has been successful at keeping each new book in the Kincaid-James series at the same high level as the first. In this adventure, the murder of a Met officer takes the reader into the technical minutiae and the culture of rowing at championship levels. As usual, her characters are well-drawn and three dimensional, especially the Iraq/Afghanistan veteran with PTSD living in a tiny shed on the banks of the Thames. The growth of Duncan and Gemma's family, including the little girl taken in by them after the death of her parents in the previous book, enriches the story. Gerard Doyle is excellent as narrator.

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