By Peter Lovesey

Fired from the police for insubordination, Peter Diamond is decreased to operating as a safety protect at Harrod's. There he reveals an deserted eastern woman after the shop closes. He needs to establish her so as to shop her existence.

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The priest and the young widow were seated on a padded cushion that extended around the perimeter of the sunken floor. As usual, Claudia had hospitably uncorked a Barolo, a plummy vintage from Mascarello, and there were cheese biscuits to nibble. The sun had just about sunk out of sight, but to have switched on electric lights on such an evening would have been churlish. The scent of stocks, heavy on the cooler air, reached them through the open patio doors. The villa had a fine garden, watered by a sprinkler system.

By speculating that his few seconds' fondling of a pair of pretty breasts had hastened the end of the world, he may have been presumptuous, but he felt an ominous sense of cause and effect He sneaked another look around his clasped hands. The state of the sky remained just as awesome. Streaks of fire were leaping up like skyrockets, leaving trails of sparks. As yet there were no avenging angels to be seen, nor other apocalyptic phenomena. He heard no trumpets, but nothing would surprise him now.

But Claudia Coppi, cruelly widowed at twenty-eight, was an exceptional case. Giovanni, the husband, had been killed freakishly, struck by lightning on a football field. " Claudia demanded of the priest each time he came on a visit. "Is that the Lord's will? " Father Faustini always reminded Claudia that the Lord works in mysterious ways. She always gazed at him trustingly with her large, dark, expressive eyes (she had worked as a fashion model) and he always told her that it was a mistake to dwell on the past.

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