The Prince Regent wants to consult South about a series of very expensive and rare paintings he wants to buy for his collection. South discovers they were forged. There are even more strange happenings in the city. Two seemingly unrelated happenings. Could the clue be in the gilded frame?
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Hundreds of innocent lives are in danger, as a black tendril of murder and crime unfurls above the gloomy London skies. But the Marquess of Southerton has no idea where to look for the culprit. All he has is a note threatening his wife's life, and the whispers of a dying man. He doesn't even have a name.
A duchess has been stolen from her bed in the middle of the night. The Marquess of Southerton happens upon the scene, only to find the entire chamber bathed in blood. Who did this violence? And how is it connected to his own wife's near murder? Things are not what they seem in the dark, foggy, crime-plagued streets of Regency London.