The bespectacled spymaster is once more called from retirement to come to the aid of the 'Circus'--and he returns with a vengeance. The murder of an emigre Soviet General who was also a British agent, sends him digging into the past on a twisted trail across Europe that moves, inexorably, towards a final showdown with his old adversary, Karla of Moscow Centre.
"Detective Superintendent Tennison moves among stations to head high-profile cases for the Area Major Investigation Team. In The lost child a wrenching personal decision colors her search for an abducted toddler. In Inner circles, the manager of an exclusive country club is found dead in his home, and fingers point to the residents of a local housing project. The scent of darkness finds Tennison happy in her private life, but strained at work....