By J. J. Durham
An exhilarating story of homicide and intrigue in Victorian London, that includes Detective Harry Pilgrim. excellent for fanatics of Ripper highway and The Mangle highway Murders.
London 1850. A urban of contrasts. Of medical marvels, poverty, ailment and demise. while Detective Sergeant Harry Pilgrim (one of London’s first police detectives) discovers the corpse of a girl in a Hackney cab, the case turns out ordinary – till the one suspect is located murdered in his cellphone. Pilgrim is hindered in his research by means of his personal darkish previous – a lifeless son and a lacking spouse – and in addition through 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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She asked. Maxwell shifted in his chair. He reached for his Stetson as if considering holding it in front of him as a shield. Then, sighing heavily, he left the hat where it was. 舠My two miscreants舒Sally Harrison and Devon Ryan舒are off on administrative leave right now. They舗ll stay that way as long as the charges against them are being investigated. That leaves my department shorthanded, but I can舗t hire permanent replacements until the situation has been resolved. 舡 Listening to him, Ali still wondered what any of this had to do with her.
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Somewhere, far beyond the flames, she heard something else舒the sound of breaking glass. Was there glass in heaven? 舠Hello,舡 a voice called. 舡 Why is He asking that? she wondered. God knows everything. He must know where I am. Then, unexpectedly, a mysterious figure clothed all in yellow or maybe even orange rose up silently out of the flame and smoke. He was holding his arms stretched out toward her, reaching for her. Not God after all, she thought despairingly. Satan. I really am in hell. Darkness fell and there was nothing at all.
An Act of Mercy by J. J. Durham