(From the publisher):
Richard Beaumont hoped to see the rarest species of crow on the white cliffs of Dover. Instead, he saw a young woman jump to her death - 'an angel leaping from the skies and merging with the landscape'. So that is the scene he painted. He would have painted the crow - an omen of hope. What he painted was an omen of something else entirely.
But who was the woman? No one recognises her; no one has reported her missing.
Back in London, in the grand block of flats where he lives with his young wife Lilian, Richard obsessively and garishly paints the scene of the woman's broken body. Two floors below, lawyer Sarah Fortune is their uneasy neighbour. Uneasy because she and Richard were lovers many years ago; uneasy, too, because her own brother, a cat-burglar who 'liberates' beautiful paintings from their owners, has his eye on Richard and Lilian's flat. Even so she finds herself inexorably involved in a mystery that extends back to the coast: to the strange Edwin, keeper of the coastline;and to Medical Examiner John Armstrong, a man who becomes part of Richard's life and - intimately - Sarah's.
The dead girl, too, becomes a part of their lives. For on top of the block of flats, in the penthouse eyrie, lies the glue that binds these people together: the clue to the mystery of the missing girl - and to a trade that is both breathtakingly lucrative and chillingly cruel.
Original title: Looking Down
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Amateur