DETECTIVE-CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT ERSKINE POWELL RETURNS–INVESTIGATING MALICE IN HIS OWN BACKYARD.
When a murder victim is discovered in the murky waters of the River Thames, Erskine Powell of Scotland Yard plunges into the most diabolical case of his distinguished career. A second brutal slaying draws Powell even deeper into a tangled web of greed, deception, and blackmail. From Tower Bridge to Soho, from Mayfair to Bloomsbury, Powell throws a dragnet across London, racing against time to link two savage crimes–and stop a cold-blooded killer dead in his tracks. . . .
ERSKINE POWELL OF SCOTLAND YARD INVESTIGATES MURDER ON THE MOORS.
On a remote, fog-enshrouded estate in the North York Moors, a murderer lays a cunning trap. The prey, it seems, is Dickie Dinsdale, the greedy landowner who bulldozes people’s lives like so many old barns.
Easily a dozen residents of Blackamoor would derive pleasure from Dinsdale’s slow, painful death. But, Detective-Chief Superintendent Erskine Powell asks himself, which of them is bold enough to do the deed?
Is it Dinsdale’s old gamekeeper, dismissed without warning? The environmentalist he assaulted and humiliated? The sexy stepsister he spied upon? Suspects are as thick as grouse in summer, and bringing down a killer on the wing is very tricky–even for a pro like Erskine Powell. . . .
ERSKINE POWELL OF SCOTLAND YARD IS BACK–INVESTIGATING THE STRANGE RIDDLE OF PENRICK SANDS.
On the north coast of Cornwall, residents in the quaint seaside town of Penrick report a terrifying phenomenon–an eerie, glowing apparition that rides the surf at night, adding a weird fascination to this place of picturesque streets, secluded beaches, and abandoned mines. Yet Chief Superintendent Powell soon learns that Penrick already harbors unsolved mysteries. For, thirty years ago, someone killed a teenager and left her body to wash up on Penrick Sands–precisely where the apparition now appears. In fact, Powell faces not one but two strangely intertwined puzzles and a double-edged sword of menace. . . .
Crime, investigation, punishment. They’re all in a day’s work to Detective Chief Superintendent Erskine Powell of New Scotland Yard. As a member of the Yard’s Murder Squad, Powell tracks miscreants all over London.
Now, seeking distance from the criminal constituency–and the bureaucratic drudgery of the Yard–Powell embarks on a salmon-fishing competition in the Scottish Highlands. There, in the castle-dotted countryside along the picturesque River Spey, he seeks peace and seclusion. But a cold-blooded murderer soon turns Powell’s haven into a busman’s holiday–and a quiet anglers’ paradise becomes just as deadly as the mean streets of London.