When 13-year-old Matthew Whateley goes missing from a prestigious West Sussex public school, Inspector Thomas Lynley receives a call for help.

Lynley, his partner Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, and forensic scientist Simon St. James begin a search for a child -- then for a child killer!

Lynley and Havers sense evil behind the school's cloistered walls. Their investigation exposes their own emotional wounds. . .and blinds them to the signs of another murder in the making.

"A compelling whodunit. . .a reader's delight." (Daily News)

From the Cassette edition.