Lady Audley's Secret take place in Victorian era in England. During this era women were direct property of there parents or Husbands. Women depended on the men heavily for a source of income (Black 115). There were not many positions an everyday women like Lady Audley could get that payed a decent amount. It was even hard for women to own land in these times. George's desertion of Lady Audley sets in motion her actions to overcome the constraints on women of the time.
Now Detective Hank Palace returns in Countdown City , the second volume of the Last Policeman trilogy. There are just 77 days before a deadly asteroid collides with Earth, and Detective Palace is out of a job. With the Concord police force operating under the auspices of the U.S. Justice Department, Hank's days of solving crimes are over...until a woman from his past begs for help finding her missing husband.