Terror spreads across Berkshire Downs as one after another tradesman is struck dead with a sudden violent illness. There are numerous suspects, including mapmaker Christopher Mead and his comely daughter, Grace, and magician Paulo Schweiz with his flamboyant assistant, Kit Page. At his master's request, Thomas Finbow, veteran falconer and sometime sleuth, tries to find out who or what is doing the killing. Some descriptions of sex, descriptions of violence. 2005.