Elly Griffiths's Ruth Galloway novels have been praised as "highly atmospheric" (New York Times Book Review) "remarkable" (Richmond Times-Dispatch) and "satisyfyingly meaty."(Guardian, UK) Now the beloved forensic archeologist returns, called to investigate when human bones surface on a remote Norfolk beach. Just back from maternity leave, Ruth is finding it hard to juggle motherhood and work. The presence of DCI Harry Nelson--the married father of her daughter, Kate--does not help. The bones turn out to be about seventy years old, which leads Nelson and Ruth to the war years, a desperate time on this stretch of coastland. Home Guard veteran Archie Whitcliffe reveals the existence of a secret which the old soldiers have vowed to protect with their lives. But then Archie is killed and a German journalist arrives, asking questions about Operation Lucifer, a plan to stop a German invasion, and a possible British war crime. What was Operation Lucifer? And who is prepared to kill to keep its secret?
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
January 12, 2012
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