David and Lucy Kahn have been invited to her parents' country house for a weekend party. It's a regular occurrence for the "Farthing set" but not so much for Lucy -- not since she married a Jewish man.

The Third Reich was victorious on the Continent, largely because of a peace negotiated by the Farthing set.

Unluckily for David and Lucy, they've been invited for the weekend because someone decided that they would be the perfect scapegoats for the murder of one of the set. Fortunately, the lead investigator is a man from Scotland Yard with a few secrets of his own. Carmichael is a thorough detective who discovers the truth behind the murder and then has to make a terrible decision.

This is a book about a society that has slipped into darkness and the brave individuals who have chosen to stand up for what's important -- and those who want to but can't. Walton is an amazing writer who has crafted one of the most compelling and chilling books of the year. (Aug., 320 pp., $25.95)

Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs