It is 1891, and London is still reeling from the horror of the unsolved Ripper murders when Inspector Lestrade is
sent to the Isle of Wight to investigate a strange corpse found walled up in Shanklin Chine. It is merely the beginning
of a series of brutal and bizarre killings so apparently random, that only a warped genius could be responsible. Even
when Lestrade pieces together the extraordinary pattern behind the crimes from the anonymous poems sent after each murder,
he is no closer to knowing the identity of the sinister, self-styled "Agrippa". It becomes a very personal battle and
Lestrade's desperate race to avert the next death takes him from London to the Pennines and back.
About The Author and Reader
Meirion James Trow was born in Ferndale, South Wales. In his childhood he suffered from ill-health, so his parents decided
to move to Macclesfield Forest, high in the Pennines. When he was seven they moved again, this time to Bubbenhall in
Warwickshire. He went to Warwick School from 1961 to 1968. In 1968 he went to King's College, London, to read history.
After graduation he spent a year at Jesus College, Cambridge. In 1973 he married and in 1976 the couple moved to the Isle
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