'The author captures the twilight years of imperial Russia; his turn of
phrase and descriptive talent draw the reader into the period setting, and
the novel in intelligently written with a great deal of historical
'It held me fascinated to the end' -- Historical Novels Review
1904 - Powerscourt comes out of retirement for one last time, heading for Russia in one of the strangest cases of his career. A British diplomat has been discovered, his throat cut, on one of the bridges spanning the Nevskii Prospekt in St Petersburg. It transpires the diplomat knew a secret - and that secret killed him.