Synopses & Reviews
As an atmosphere of fear and suspicion pervades the city, Richard Nottingham and his team find themselves hunting a ruthless child-killer, a monster who preys on abandoned street children, those with no one to care about them, no one to report them missing. The Constable has his suspicions as to who the culprit might be - but how can he prove it when the wealthy and powerful protect their own? He could also do without the interference of the new mayor, who's taking a close personal interest in the case. Nottingham's efforts to bring the killer to justice will have tragic consequences for himself and his family.
"British author Nickson's stellar fifth 18th-century whodunit finds Richard Nottingham, Constable of the City of Leeds, returned to work after the life-threatening wound he received in the previous book, 2012's Come the Fear. Nottingham worries that he won't hold the post much longer, given the limitations imposed by his injury as well as the antipathy shown him by the mayor, but he soon has worse things to worry about. The discovery of the abused corpses of three children sets the constable and his men on a desperate search for the killer, who has probably claimed other lives. A description of the suspect, a man known only as Gabriel, leads Nottingham to one of the city's most powerful men. Nickson has never been better in merging the private life of his hero with a quixotic quest for justice in a community where the privileged look out for their own, no matter what. Agent: Tina Betts, Andrew Mann (U.K.). (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Richard Nottingham, is back in another superior historical mystery steeped in suspense" Booklist
"Nickson has never been better"
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"A wicked good combination of history and social commentary" Kirkus Reviews
"British author Nickson's stellar fifth . . .Nickson has never been better" Starred Review Publishers Weekly
In the latest Richard Nottingham historical mystery, the Constable must track down a predatory child-killer roaming the city.
Leeds, 1733. Three children are found dead in a disused bell pit, their bodies battered and bruised, each of them stabbed through the heart. Fear, suspicion and violence tear at the city as Richard Nottingham, John Sedgwick and Rob Lister hunt a ruthless child-killer. The Constable is certain he knows whos behind the murders, but his efforts to bring the killer to justice brings a blow that strikes right at his own heart.
About the Author
Chris Nickson is the author of the highly-acclaimed Richard Nottingham series and is also a well-known music journalist. Born and raised in Leeds, he lived in the USA for thirty years and now makes his home in England.