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By Dolores Gordon-Smith

"Recaptures the power and insouciance of the Golden Age of writers."--Robert Barnard

It's the peak of summer time, 1923. At a ball in Sussex, former Royal Flying Corps pilot Jack Haldean investigates an obvious suicide, yet every little thing is thrown into chaos while a gaggle of Russian revolutionaries turns into excited about the affair. In a case regarding deception, greed, jealousy, kidnapping, torture, and extra homicide, Jack will face an agonizing selection.

Dolores Gordon-Smith is the writer of A Fete Worse than Death, the 1st within the Jack Haldean sequence. She is married with 5 daughters and lives in Cheshire, uk.

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