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Summary

The sixth historical thriller featuring Matthew Hawkwood, Bow Street Runner and Spy, now hunting a killer on the loose in Regency London.

London, 1813: Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood is summoned to a burial ground and finds the corpse of a young woman murdered and cast into an open grave.

At first the death is deemed to be of little consequence. But when Chief Magistrate James Read receives a direct order from the Home Office to abandon the case, Hawkwood's interest is piqued.

His hunt for the killer will lead him from London's backstreets into the heart of a government determined to protect its secrets at all costs. Only Hawkwood's contacts within the criminal underworld can now help.

As the truth behind the girl's murder emerges, setting in motion a deadly chain of events, Hawkwood learns the true meaning of loyalty - and that the enemy is much closer to home than he ever imagined....

©2017 James McGee (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"Irresistible...rambunctious entertainment." ( Observer)
"Rumbustious...a darkly attractive hero, terrific period atmosphere and action." ( The Times)
"Atmospheric and well researched...try it." ( Daily Mirror)

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Great period crime novel and atmosphere.

Great period crime novel and atmosphere. The stench and dangers of Victorian London bought to life.

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another great hawkwood novel

as always, Magee has produced a superb story, mixing history, humour and suspense. listen to it now.