The impossible has happened. Chief Inspector Reg Wexford has
retired. He and his wife now divide their time between Kingsmarkham
and a coachhouse in Hampstead belonging to their actress daughter,
Sheila. For all the benefits of a more relaxed way of life, Wexford
misses being the law.
But a chance meeting in a London street, with someone he had known
briefly as a very young police constable, changes everything. Tom
Ede is now a Detective Superintendent, and is very keen to recruit
Wexford as an adviser on a difficult case.
The bodies of two women and a man have been discovered in the old
coal hole of an attractive house in St John''s Wood. None carries
identification. But the man''s jacket pockets contain a string of
pearls, a diamond and a sapphire necklace as well as other
jewellery valued in the region of £40,000.
Wexford is intrigued and excited by the challenge--until this new
investigative role brings him into serious physical danger.