King Solomon's Carpet
The fifth Barbara Vine novel published by Viking in 1991
Jarvis Stringer lives in a crumbling schoolhouse overlooking a tube line, compiling his obsessive, secret history of London’s Underground.
His presence and his strange house draw a band of misfits into his orbit: young Alice, who has run away from her husband and baby; Tom, the busker who rescues her; truant Jasper, who gets his kicks on the tube; and mysterious Axel, whose dark secret later casts a shadow over all of their lives.
Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger.
Dramatised for BBC Radio 4 by Nick Fisher in 1996.
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