Synopses & Reviews
In London of 1840, the economy is sliding into recession; gangs of unemployed workers roam the streets; and a murderer prowls the capital's poor neighborhoods. Pyke, still grieving over the death of his wife and struggling to shoulder his responsibilities as a father, is in debtors' prison, having lost his home and reached the edge of bankruptcy. Fitzroy Tilling, now head of the new Metropolitan Police Force gives Pyke his freedom, but in return he must agree to investigate the brutal death of a young biracial woman, who was apparently working as a prostitute. It is not long before another woman turns up dead, and Pyke begins to suspect that he has stumbled on something more sinister, and more far-reaching than the murder of a couple of prostitutes. Pyke's investigation takes him from the London docks to the sugar plantations of Jamaica, from a fading colonial mansion to the backstreets of the East End in a struggle against ambitious and ruthless enemies, as well as demons of his own.
"In its urgency and rawness . . . goes further than simply clever and diverting literary appropriation." —Times Literary Supplement
"Drips with all the atmospheric detail of a pre-Victorian murder mystery—'pea-soupers,' dingy lanterns, and laudanum." —The Times on The Revenge of Captain Paine
"Pyke is violent, vengeful and conflicted in the best tradition of detectives. His story takes in grisly murder and torture, and uses 1800s London in the same way that hard-boiled fiction uses Los Angeles as a mirror of a corrupt society." —Time Out on The Last Days of Newgate
About the Author
Andrew Pepper is the author of The Last Days at Newgate and The Revenge of Captain Paine.