As Inspector Lynley investigates the London angle of an ever more darkly disturbing case, his partner, Barbara Havers, is looking behind the peaceful facade of country life to discover a world of desire and deceit. The suicide of William Goldacre is devastating to those left behind who wil have to deal with its unintended consequences - could there be a link between the young man's leap from a Dorset cliff and a horrific poisoning in Cambridge? After various issues with her department, Barbara Havers is desperate to redeem herself. So when a past encounter gives her a connection to the unsolved Cambridge murder, Barbara begs Thomas Lynley to let her pursue the crime, knowing one mistake could mean the end of her career. Full of shocks, intensity, and suspence from the first page to last, A Banquest of Consequences reveals both Lynley and Havers under mounting pressure to solve a case both complicated and deeply disturbing. -- provided by the publisher.