I'm not a fan of George's Inspector Lynley series, only because I like to read a series in order and tend to not add them to my list. Somewhere, however, a review popped up about this book which made it to my "to-read" shelf, and I picked it up at the library without realizing it was the Inspector #14 book.
The story itself stands on its own since there is almost nothing about the inspector. E. George places you right in the middle of London slums and you don't need any background from the series. Well, I really liked the book and I think she is an amazing author.