1592. Sir Robert Carey abandoned the ambition and treachery of Queen Elizabeth I's court to take up the post of Deputy Warden of the West March. The lace-collared, pearl-sashed courtier found himself curiously at home amongst the horse-thieves, kidnappers and murderers of the Anglo-Scottish border, but now, to his chagrin, he's been summoned back to London. Before he can return to Carlisle and the joys of the raiding season, Carey must find his missing brother, clear the family name, navigate a feud between playwrights, identify a badly decomposed body washed up on the Queen's privy steps, and investigate a murder some thirty years past... Plunging readers straight into the racous world of late sixteenth-century border reivers and unfettered Elizabethan intrigue, Knives in the South is the second chronicle of Sir Robert Carey's adventures, collecting the novels A Plague of Angels, A Murder of Crows and An Air of Treason under one volume.