In 1970, Harold Stamp, a retarded, reclusive 20-year-old, was convicted on disputed evidence and a retracted confession of brutally murdering his grandmother - the one person who understood and protected him. Less than three years later, he is dead, driven to suicide by isolation and despair. A fate befitting a murderer, perhaps, but what if he was innocent?
Jonathan Hughes, an anthropologist specialising in social stereotyping, is determined to re-examine this case. There were alarming disparities in the evidence, and Hughes has little doubt that there has been a terrible miscarriage of justice. But there is also something else pushing this half-Iranian, half-Libyan outsider to reach for the truth.
This is more than a mere exposé of corruption; it is a dark tale of solitude and the relentless need to contain aberration and dissect evil.
© Minette Walters; (P) Macmillan Publishers Ltd