By J. J. Durham
An exciting story of homicide and intrigue in Victorian London, that includes Detective Harry Pilgrim. excellent for lovers of Ripper highway and The Mangle highway Murders.
London 1850. A urban of contrasts. Of medical marvels, poverty, disorder and demise. whilst Detective Sergeant Harry Pilgrim (one of London’s first police detectives) discovers the corpse of a lady in a Hackney cab, the case turns out elementary – till the one suspect is located murdered in his mobile. Pilgrim is hindered in his research through his personal darkish previous – a lifeless son and a lacking spouse – and likewise by way of the well-meaning interference of Charles Dickens, who's serialising Pilgrim's adventures in his magazine 'Household Words'. The case becomes a dangerous online game of cat and mouse. yet who's the cat and who the mouse?
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By a heave and a kick, he pulled himself on to the ledge of the cistern-cover. He stood on the flat, ribbed metal, his chest against the granite wall. Now he could reach up to touch the spikes guarding the support ten feet below the cheveau-de-frise. He listened for movement in the morning stillness of the prison below him and still heard nothing. What had seemed like half an hour on the granite surface was perhaps no more than five minutes. Two sides of the yard away from him, the roof of the death-wards now appeared almost level with his feet.
Sergeant Verity is in receipt of information from an officer of Newgate Gaol. This witness was on supervision when Rann received his last visit from a person claiming to be a workhouse missioner, accompanied by a second person alleging herself to be the prisoner's daughter. Sergeant Verity has the honour to request that Mr Croaker will read the enclosed report upon this incident. Sergeant Verity believes the first impostor to be Edward Warren Hawkins, familiarly known as 'Orator' Hawkins, dismissed from his position as an attorney's clerk three years since, following allegations of fraud.
He spoke slowly, as though to the feebleminded. 'Eight days from now, I'm to be stretched. ' Hawkins' bony nose tightened, as if catching some prison odour. ' Rann hoped the warders could hear him but he doubted it. 'Bragg's the reason I'm here! Him and Policeman Fowler swore my life away. I want to know why. Even if I'm to be stretched, I've a right to know why. I didn't put a knife in Pandy Quinn. I couldn't a-done. ' 'Jury thought otherwise,' said Hawkins suavely. ' The fetters jangled as Rann shifted forward a little.
An Act of Mercy by J. J. Durham