It is rumored that the Ghost of St. Giles is guilty of savage murders committed in the slum’s dark alleys. One of the victims is the mistress of Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, and he is determined to find the killer. But he needs help from prim Temperance Dews, widowed foundling home owner.
With funds running low, Temperance agrees to help Caire, in exchange for his assistance in finding a new patron for her home. Their arrangement is a business deal, but the desire between them is impossible to deny. As they hunt through St. Giles, from gin cellars to brothels, the salons of Mayfair to the dark alleys, they are caught in a treacherous web spun by a mad killer, where every turn leads to murder and each twisting path to sinful desire. (GRAND CENTRAL, Aug., 380 pp., $6.99)