It is 1946, and the eve of the harshest winter for a hundred years. Servicemen are pouring home from the war to a land beset by stringent food and job shortages and a desperate housing crisis. As anti-Polish refugee propaganda reaches its height, Wladyslaw Malinowski, a young veteran of Monte Cassino, now stranded in a resettlement camp on the Somerset Levels, attempts to start a new life on a withy farm in the middle of the wetlands.
In the chill of the Cold War, two Norwegians are shot dead after straying into Soviet wilderness - killings that will bind together three people in a web of treachery and passion. The quest for truth will lead them to a final confrontation in the freezing wastes of an Arctic "Wolf Winter".
Harry Richmond - ambitious businessman and failed politician - is missing at sea, presumed dead. Ellen, his wife, emerges from her grief to discover that the Harry she knew and loved had many secrets - secrets which threaten to undermine everything that Ellen holds dear.
It's harder to search for someone when they're determined not to be found. Joe, struggling to survive in a high-powered law firm, is faced with the challenge of finding his childhood friend, Jenna, who has been missing for four years. But has she disappeared through choice? Or is she under the powerful influence of her husband, the restless, troubled Chetwood?
The Norfolk marshes. A winter storm. A woman is missing, a beautiful and virtuous woman with no enemies. Alexandra O'Neill, lawyer to petty criminals, is drawn back to the village where she grew up to help Will Dearden find his paragon of a wife. But can any wife be so perfect that she doesn't have secrets? And can a devoted husband have failed to see the truth?
For Hugh Wellesley, the waking nightmare begins with the sparse report in the morning newspaper: a woman's body recovered from the River Dart in Devon...identified as that of Sylvie Mathieson...the corpse was stabbed and bound....Should he admit that she had once been his lover? Or let others discover the truth for themselves? Sylvie had always been exotic, unconventional, alluring. Now, with her death, comes an unexpected betrayal - as another truth emerges that will take even Hugh by surprise.
After five years, lawyer Hugh Gwynne's most difficult case has finally come to court. His client Tom Deacon is claiming damages for post-traumatic stress after a car accident in which he witnessed the death of his young daughter by fire. The case is going well, it seems certain Tom will win the compensation that will enable him to pick up the pieces of his shattered life. Then Hugh receives an anonymous letter that throws him into an impossible dilemma.
Glen Ishard: the idyllic Scottish home of ex-rock star Nick Mackenzie and his exotic wife, Alusha. It is a haven of peace and security after all the years on the road, until the day a small plane with a deadly chemical cargo flies off course. In the tragic aftermath, Daisy Field, environmental campaigner, picks up the trail. She's determined to fight the "profits before safety" attitude of the agrochemical industry. But to win she needs Nick's millions, and Nick is facing difficulties of his own.
In the brutal chaos of the Second World War, three people find their lives inextricably interwoven in a web of courage, betrayal, and love: Julie Lescaux, the young Englishwoman caught up in one of the most dangerous operations of the French Resistance; Paul Vasson, vicious Paris Pimp turned Nazi collaborator; and David Freymann, German scientist caught up in an unimaginable horror, destined to lose everything except his faith in his own discovery.
Catherine Galitza has been badly injured by an intruder in her own home. In the months before, there had been a string of nuisance calls. Are the events connected? Has someone been stalking her? As Catherine begins her slow and painful recovery, two men seem intent on uncovering the truth: her husband's business partner, the intense, prickly Simon Jardine, who harbours an almost obsessive devotion to Catherine; and the self-made Irish hotelier Terry Devlin.
Out of the savagery of the Paris barricades there was born the most sinister of all the terrorist groups of the 1960s. Secretly funded by Moscow, trained in subversion and assassination in Italy, the Crystal Faction came to England - to wage war.