Synopses & Reviews
Winner of the 2002 Hammett Award
They found the dead fellow in London, balled up in a basket of eels. Chewed upon he was, and most unsightly. He still had the proper shape of a man, if a bit whittled down and perforated. But he was not handsome on the butcher's table, even though the blood was long since out of him.
In a stunning re-creation of 1860s London and Glasgow that reaches from the worst slums in Europe to the lobbies of Parliament, Owen Parry brings the past to ravishing life. In a time when casualty lists grimly mount in America's Civil War, federal officer Major Abel Jones returns to the land he once left in hope of a better life on a mission essential to the Union cause. Yet it is the strange death of a lowly man of the cloth -- and a subsequent series of equally grotesque murders -- that intrude upon Jones's determined efforts to block the delivery of British warships to the Confederacy. And his pursuit of a monstrous killer is leading a patriot with a limp, Victorian morals, and a Welsh lilt into a hellish darkness...where some of England's most renowned personages and powerful political leaders -- including Benjamin Disraeli himself -- appear to have a great deal to hide.
Arriving in London in 1862 to thwart the Confederates' plan to buy warships from the British, Union Major Abel Jones discovers the corpse of his predecessor. Soon, Jones is tangled in the danger that London will be drawn into war with the United States.
Hammett Prize -- Int l. Assn. of Crime Writers -- Best Crime Novel
About the Author
Owen Parry is the author of a series of critically acclaimed, prizewinning novels set during the American Civil War: Faded Coat of Blue
, Shadows of Glory
, Call Each River Jordan
, and Honor's Kingdom
. He has also published a collection of holiday tales for adults, Our Simple Gifts
. Born in the anthracite region of Pennsylvania, Parry lives and writes in northern Virginia.