August 1914: Europe stands trembling on the brink of total war. Parkinson, faithful manservant to the blind detective Max Carrados, has a chance encounter with a Dutch assistant museum curator. But, as he informs his employer, he remembers Karl Vangoor from a previous meeting in Kiel - and the man's actual identity is that of Karl von Groot, a German naval lieutenant who has since been drawn into the world of international espionage. As Carrados and Parkinson set out to investigate the truth of von Groot's activities around the ancient sepulchral barrow on Headlam Height, the nation's security may depend on their success
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