The Second Woman

Kenneth Cameron. Orion (IPG, dist.), $14.95 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-0-7528-8397-7
In Cameron’s darkly compelling third Denton mystery (after 2010’s The Bohemian Girl), the expatriate American novelist and Civil War veteran becomes entangled in 1903 London’s racial and social strife. While attending a shooting party in the countryside, Denton receives a telegram from his lover, social worker Janet Striker, summoning him back to the city. Janet—who lives in a house adjoining his—tells him that a woman’s mutilated body has been discovered in his garden. The victim, tentatively identified as Rebecca Shermitz, had just received an abortion from Bernat, a doctor living nearby. Since both victim and suspect are Jewish, fierce anti-Semitic passions are aroused throughout the city, including those of Denton’s best friend, Baronet Hector Hench-Rose, who’s linked to the Brotherhood of Britons, an anti-immigration group. Denton, helped by his trusted aide, British Army veteran Sergeant Atkins, discovers that the elite London police unit Special Branch may be orchestrating a cover-up. Cameron has crafted a complex and gripping period whodunit. (June)
Reviewed on: 04/14/2014
Release date: 04/01/2014
Genre: Fiction
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