3/series. This is the reason I browse the library stacks: stellar authors like Fyfield. Too bad I started with this one, I’m sure it will taint my reading of the two novels that came before. But, what a writer! Every word in place, plotting so subtle you can’t figure out what’s going to happen next, a really horrific villain, two unusual protagonists with really unique backgrounds, a tangled history with near-misses and almost-dids. And, even, a very nice love story. This author should be (probably already is) up there with thegreat, merciless Ruth Rendell, and other realistic British suspense writers. A 5.