Katie Gresham's birthday was celebrated in style. Her parents, the famous musician and his American heiress wife, had restored the family's Scottish estates to perfection, attracting local landowners and friends, urban socialites and politicians to the society ball. Three months later Katie disappears without a trace.In the neighboring estate lives the Gatehouse family. Earl Gatehouse, a government spokesman in the House of Lords, famous for his wealth, ancient title, and social brilliance, is known also for his fragile artist wife and four glamorous children.Both families live in aloof, almost feudal splendor. Celebrated in magazines and society pages, they are confident that even if one of them goes beyond what the rest of society finds acceptable, their connections will make them virtually untouchable.But twenty years later, Katie's body is discovered, and Earl Gatehouse finds himself on trial for murder. The witness on whom the Crown's case will rely is Lucy Diamond, a onetime friend of his youngest daughter, an outsider to their privileged world, who had come to stay that year of the birthday ball.Julia Hamilton brilliantly evokes this world of the elite-the arrogance and the fun, the sometimes violent behavior masked as eccentricity, and above all the sense of belonging-which makes the privileged think they are exempt from society's rules.
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Published January 1, 2000
by HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS LTD.
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime.