Following the bizarre accidental death of his wife, an Israeli secret agent retires to the suburbs. After a lifetime of uncovering other people's secrets, he is forced to look back at the lies he has told himself. The author's other books include "My Michael" and "The Slopes of Lebanon".
Marcus Pierce, a strikingly handsome aristocrat with a wicked reputation, inherits guardianship of Arabella Loring and her two younger sisters - and immediately declares his intention to marry them off. But gorgeously defiant Arabella sparks frustration - and something deeply erotic - in Marcus.
Miner's son David Powlett - Jones returns from carnage of Western Front in, shell-shocked and bitterly hardened by violence of war. He begins life again as a master at a remote Devon school. As years pass, he begins to find peace. But soon he will have to face up to prospect of another terrible war.
Ora, a middle-aged Israeli mother, is about to celebrate her son Ofer's release from army service when he returns to the front for a major offensive. Instead of waiting at home for the 'notifiers' who could arrive at any moment to tell her of her son's fate, she sets off for a hike in Galilee, leaving no forwarding address.