This prolific author writes this time of 1912 England and Sebastian Becker, Master of Lunacy, an investigator for the Crown, as he sets about to discover if a wealthy nobleman who claims to see monsters is sane. As Becker arrives at a seaside town to begin his evaluation, two girls disappear and are found dead and disfigured. Valuable evidence is compromised, a competent policeman is demoted. Is it politics? Is this a repeat of a similar crime a decade before? Is the nobleman responsible? A complex and interesting plot with many strands, all of them believable. It’s a 4. www.stephengallagher.com will awe you with Gallagher's, novelist and screenwriter, many talents.