It's a pleasure to read about Constable Nottingham again and to know that he is once more walking the grimy streets of 18th century Leeds. He is asked to return after two years in retirement upon the sudden death of his successor. He agrees despite his friendship with young Lister who had hoped for the promotion. Nottingham and Lister soon find tbemselves with problems of several murders, the disappearance of pimps and prostitutes, and a deadly pair of children who are cutpurse thieves. Nottingham begins to think that the murders and disappearances are connected, possibly by the aim of one man who hopes to take control of the underworld in Leeds.
There are more fatalities, including a friend and a beloved street musician, before Nottingham and his men are able to capture the two deadly and feral chldren and then realize who the ambitious crime lord in-waiting is. The climax comes about on Guy Fawkes night. The identity of the villain is fairly obvious to the eagle-eyed but the story is still absorbing.
The everyday life of people, especially the poor who struggle to survive, is vividly described. Particularly heartbreaking is the plight of street children who are left to fend for themselves.
- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd; First World Publication ed. edition (26 October 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 072788753X
- ISBN-13: 978-0727887535
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 399 g
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