One night, in a private boarding house in Scarborough, a railwayman vanishes, leaving his belongings behind .
It is the eve of the Great War, and Jim Stringer, railway detective, is uneasy about his next assignment. It's not so much the prospect of Scarborough in the gloomy off-season that bothers him, or even the fact that the last railwayman to stay in the house has disappeared without trace. It's more that his governer, Chief Inspector Saul Weatherhill, seems to be deliberately holding back details of the case - and that he's been sent to Scarborough with a trigger-happy assistant. And when Jim encounters the seductive and beautiful Amanda Rickerby a whole new personal danger enters Jim's life .
Andrew Martin grew up in Yorkshire. He has written for the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the Independent on Sunday and Granta, among other publications. He has been shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Dagger in the Library award 2008 and for the Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award 2007.