New England. The night of August sixth, 1887. Millionaire William Knight is brutally murdered, shot dead in the front room of his grand house by a lake. The only witness to the killing, his young grandchild, mysteriously disappears . . .
Eighteen years later, in Switzerland, a man with no memory is "recognised" as Richard Knight, the missing child. Thus begins a masterpiece of historical suspense, as one man's obsession leads him towards a shattering truth - and to a killer, still at large . . .
This story has it all: greed, suspicion, love, madness and amnesia; and tells a grim tale of murder and duplicity in stately prose that subtly enhances the psychological horrors.