The Death of Kings
On a hot summer day in 1938, a beautiful actress is murdered on the grand Kent estate of Sir jack Jessup, close friend of the Prince of Wales. The arrest of an ex-convict and his subsequent confession swiftly bring the case to a close, but in 1949, the reappearance of a jade necklace raises questions about the murder. Was the man convicted and executed a decade before truly guilty? Though retired from the police force, former Scotland Yard detective John Madden is persuaded to investigate the case afresh. In a story of honour and justice his quest takes Madden through the idyllic English countryside and the postwar streets of London into the criminal underworld of the Chinese Triads before he discovers the truth.