The second crime novel in Kate Rhodes’s Alice Quentin series.
It’s the hottest summer on record and bankers are being killed in the city of London. The Angel Bank is one of London’s most successful investment banks, but when one of its senior executives, Leo Gresham, is pushed under a tube train at Kings Cross, its heaven is threatened. DI Don Burns invites psychologist Alice Quentin’s to work with him again, to build a profile of the killer. When a second victim is found murdered in Gutter Lane, it’s clear that the killer is targeting anyone associated with the Angel Bank. Also, leaving calling cards at each crime scene: a postcard of an angel from the National Gallery, and a handful of white feathers. Alice is certain that Poppy Beckwith, London’s highest paid prostitute is implicated in the killings, but the police refuse to believe her.
Alice’s personal life grows more complicated as the case progresses. Darren, a schizophrenic patient, is stalking her, and her drug-addicted brother has moved into her riverside flat. She has started dating charity boss Andrew Piernan, but is terrified to commit herself, after the violence of her last relationship. Darren’s stalking becomes more intense, and Alice is attacked outside her flat late one evening. The police believe the attack was a random mugging, but Alice is certain that the angel killer has her in his sights.
The killer’s campaign continues with chief target Max Kingsmith, Director of the Angel Bank, whose empire is being dismantled piece by piece. In a dramatic climax, Alice has to use all of her psychological skills to save the lives of more victims and preserve her own.