The year is 1872. The place is Wigan, England, a coal town where rich mine owners live lavishly alongside miners no better than slaves. Into this dark, complicated world comes Jonathan Blair, who has accepted a commission to find a missing man.
When he begins his search every road leads back to one woman, a haughty, vixenish pit girl named Rose. With her fiery hair and skirts pinned up over trousers, she cares nothing for a society that calls her unnatural, scandalous, erotic.
As Rose and Blair circle one another, first warily, then with the heat of mutual desire, Blair loses his balance. And the lull induced by Rose's sensual touch leaves him unprepared for the bizarre, soul-scorching truth. . . .
Martin Cruz Smith
About Martin Cruz Smith
Martin Cruz Smith is author of the Arkady Renko thrillers: Gorky Park, Polar Star, and Red Square, as well as the novels Nightwing, StallionGate, and Rose for which he won the Hammett Prize from the International Association of Crime Writers. He lives with his wife in northern California and they have three children.
"A superb thriller that will keep the reader breathless right up to the final page." --San Francisco Chronicle
"THE MOST INTERESTING AND RICHLY TEXTURED CRIME STORY OF THE SEASON." --Time
"[SMITH] AT THE TOP OF HIS FORM . . . It is fun, the well-plotted, dense fun of an intelligent, shadowy, literary enigma. . . . Brisk and edifying entertainment." --The New York Times