Michael White is a writer based in Perth, Australia. He has been a science editor of British GQ, a columnist for the Sunday Express in London and, in a previous incarnation, he was a member of the Thompson Twins (1982). Between 1984 and 1991 he was a science lecturer at d'Overbroeck's College in Oxford before becoming a full-time writer. He is the author of more than twenty books. These include the international best-sellers, Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science, Leonardo: The First Scientist and Tolkien: A Biography.
For on the skeleton's finger is a beautiful emerald ring that once belonged to Lucrezia Borgia, the most powerful - and most evil - woman of the Renaissance.
Hours later the skeleton has vanished and one man is dead.
For DCI Jack Pendragon - newly transferred from Oxford to Brick Lane - it's a first case he could have done without. And with two more gruesome deaths in quick succession, it's clear there's a killer out there with a deadly compulsion.
A killer drawing his murderous inspiration from a 15th-century family whose cruelty and depravity knew no limits.