An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life--to be beautiful and rich. She's achieved the first, with some help from a plastic surgeon, and now she's working hard on the second. Her philosophy about money is simple. You can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy--it's getting rid of the husband afterwards that takes skill. But hey, practice makes perfect. Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is feeling the pressure from his superiors, his previous case is giving him sleepless nights, there are major developments with his missing wife Sandy, and an old adversary is back. But worse than all of this is, he now believes, a Black Widow is operating in his city--and he may have underestimated just how dangerous this lady is.
Peter James is a noted crime writer in the UK and an internationally known film producer. He was the executive producer of the recent film adaptation of The Merchant of Venice. This is his first novel in the series featuring Detective Superintendent Grace. He divides his time between Notting Hill in London and Sussex.