Back to the Garden

Laurie R. King’s new novel Back to the Garden is a stunning book. It is part allegory, part thriller, part historical cultural meditation. King introduces a new leading character in Inspector Raquel Laing, who is called in to investigate the discovery of a body under a statue at a grand estate outside San Francisco because the circumstances link it to a serial killer of the 1970s named The Highwayman. The caretakers of the Gardener estate with its Hearst Castle-like house and acres of carefully sculpted gardens are shaken by the discovery under one of prized pieces of contemporary statuary—Midsummer Eves— that dates back to the 1970s when the Gardener heir decided to turn the estate into a commune. Laing finds herself mired in the the strange history of the place and its head spinning transformations from Robber Baron palace to commune to museum. The subsequent juxtapositions of the past and the present expose a tangle of good and evil that echoes the Book of Genesis. This absorbing mystery is about corruption: the corruption of ideals, art, love, and the soul by power, money, lust and jealousy. Recommended by Sarah

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ISBN: 9780593496565
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Published: Bantam - September 6th, 2022

A fifty-year-old cold case involving California royalty comes back to life—with potentially fatal consequences—in this gripping standalone novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series.