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Justin Tolliver is on the brink of an enormous change. The younger son of an English peer—that is, the son with no money and no prospects—he had joined the police force in British East Africa, full of dreams of bringing His Majesty’s justice to a dark and savage world. But it’s 1913, and with his faith in the British government in tatters, Justin is opting instead for life as an African farmer and a newly minted family-man. It is his wife, Vera, who has helped him put aside images of darkness and come to see Africa, instead, as all but lit from within. Even as Justin is embracing Africa, Vera’s faith in the land is being tested, as she is brought face to face with terrible brutalities and her own naiveté. There are murders, yes, and Justin and Vera will take a hand in solving them. But when the crimes are solved and the killers brought to justice, Justin and Vera and eventually their young son will have to reckon with levels of injustice far beyond anything they had understood.
About the Author
Annamaria Alfieri, actually named Patricia King, began writing stories at the age of nine and, as she puts it, never stopped. After writing a number of well-received nonfiction books that landed her an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show, she went on a trip to Bolivia that inspired her to write her first mystery novel. It wasn't until she began writing fiction that King took on the pseudonym Annamaria Alfieri, a combination of her mother and grandmother's names, so as not to be confused with four other Patricia King novelists. She lives in New York City.