First published 2004
Summer, 1976., and the country swelters in the Great Drought. A US military aircraft crashes on a farm in the Cambridgeshire Fens. Out of the flames walks young Maggie Beck, clutching a baby in her arms. Twenty-seven years later, Philip Dryden – visiting his wife, Laura in hospital – is witness to Maggie’s deathbed confession. But some secrets are best kept secret, and what started out for Dryden as a small and curious story about the only survivor of an almost-forgotten tragedy soon escalates into a full-blown murder investigation. Along for the ride is his ever-present sidekick Humph – a lonely taxi driver. While Dryden is wondering what other secrets Maggie carried, his wife, locked in a coma since a car accident, is trying to tell him something that might just save his life.