London 1899. The Prince of Wales' New Year’s Eve ball is in full swing when several explosions shatter the festivity. Were they an attempt to assassinate the heir to the throne or, as it seems, intended for Mycroft Holmes himself? What is even less clear is the casus belli - is it related to the powerful Diogenes Club, or perhaps to the untimely death of the Russian Ambassador's estranged wife.
Murder Mystery Short Story.
New York detective Carl Simeon has no family on the planet. Each day is a battle against his suicidal inner demons. Meanwhile, there's a new serial killer on the rise.
But when the two meet face to face, the shocking revelations that the killer brings to light forces Carl to face death in the cruellest way.
One which he could never have imagined.
Or wished for.