Despite showing great courage in the Whitechapel case, Thomas Pitt bas angered the Inner Circle's secretive group of powerful men, and is demoted front Superintendent of Bow Street police to work in Special Branch. With an election just days away, and Lord Salisbury's future looking uncertain, Pitt's first task is to obtain information that will stop an evil man winning a Tory seat and beginning the climb to a power which would corrupt the justiciary of the land. That man is Charles Voisey. Pitt is sent to Southampton Row, where a famous medium has been murdered in a grotesque - and personal - manner. But
how is she connected to Voisey ? Who were her clients the night she died ? And what had she revealed that had ended in murder ? As a link is discovered between the spiritualist and
the political figures Pitt is investigating, the whispers of scandal, violence and assault grow louder. And with his wife, Charlotte, hiding for safety with their children in the country,
Pitt must turn to his sister-in-law Emily for help in solving one of his most high-profile cases yet...