New York :, Ballantine Books,, 2002.
As Victoria's long reign nears its end, opposing Parliamentary factions prepare for a general election. The powerful Inner Circle, a secret society, is committed to seizing a critical seat as the first step toward achieving their sinister ambitions. Thomas Pitt, shrewd mainstay of the London police, puts his vacation on hold to prevent inflamed passions from overflowing. The Tory candidate is Pitt's archenemy, Charles Voisey, an Inner Circle Tory. The Liberal candidate is Aubrey Serracold, and Pitt's heavy burden is added to when a stylish clairvoyant is found brutally murdered after a late-night seance attended by Aubrey's Socialist wife.