A Manhattan editor investigates her sister’s suspicious death in Istanbul in this novel by the New York Times–bestselling “queen of the American gothics” (TheNew York Times).
Tracy Hubbard, an up-and-comer at a prestigious New York City publisher, has arrived at a sprawling villa on the Bosporus strait in Istanbul for an enviable arrangement. She’s come to assist celebrated artist Miles Radburn with his new book on the history of Turkish art. Everything Tracy has heard about the man turns out to be true: He’s brooding, handsome, brilliant, short-tempered, and loath to discuss the tragic secrets of his past. But the young editor is keeping a secret of her own . . .
Tracy’s position at the villa is a charade. It was here, six months ago, that her sister, Anabel, spent the last days of her life. Somewhere, among the conspiratorial staff, nocturnal visits from furtive strangers, and cold dark corridors, is hidden the mystery of Anabel’s death. And as each new clue leads Tracy closer to Miles, a man she has come to both love and fear, she realizes she could be heading toward the same inevitable and chilling fate.
Hailed by Time magazine as “one of the best” in the gothic romance field that included Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt, Phyllis A. Whitney was the recipient of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Phyllis A. Whitney including rare images from the author’s estate.
“A masterful romantic suspense novel . . . Exotic setting, intriguing characters, strange events and hidden dangers.” —Boston Herald
“Lots of intrigue and chilling atmosphere . . . First rate.” —Bestsellers
Praise for Phyllis A. Whitney
“Phyllis A. Whitney is a superb and gifted story teller, and a master of suspense. Her contributions in this genre are legend.” —Mary Higgins Clark
“Phyllis Whitney has defined the romantic suspense genre, always adding her trademark touch of a carefully researched new locale or scene.” —The Anniston Star
“[Whitney’s] suspense is tighter, neater, better than ever.” —Kirkus Reviews on The Ebony Swan
Born in Yokohama, Japan, on September 9, 1903, Phyllis A. Whitney was a prolific author of award-winning adult and children’s fiction. Her sixty-year writing career and the publication of seventy-six books, which together sold over fifty million copies worldwide, established her as one of the most successful mystery and romantic suspense writers of the twentieth century and earned her the title “The Queen of the American Gothics.”
Whitney resided in several places, including New Jersey. She traveled to every location mentioned in her books in order to better depict the settings of her stories. She earned the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master award in 1988, the Agatha in 1990, and the lifetime achievement award from the Society of Midland Authors in 1995. Whitney was working on her autobiography at the time of her passing at the age of 104.