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By J. J. Durham

ISBN-10: 0008132771

ISBN-13: 9780008132774

An exciting story of homicide and intrigue in Victorian London, that includes Detective Harry Pilgrim. excellent for lovers of Ripper road and The Mangle highway Murders.

London 1850. A urban of contrasts. Of medical marvels, poverty, illness and loss of life. whilst 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 basic – until eventually the single suspect is located murdered in his cellphone. Pilgrim is hindered in his research via his personal darkish earlier – a lifeless son and a lacking spouse – and likewise via the well-meaning interference of Charles Dickens, who's serialising Pilgrim's adventures in his magazine 'Household Words'. The case becomes a dangerous video game of cat and mouse. yet who's the cat and who the mouse?

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In the harsh light reflecting from the ice, the grotesque growths looked pink and alive. Sixty yards from where they stood, the moose went to its knees. Dark eyes, full of anguish; it raised its massive head and cried, a tiny bleat like that of a newborn lamb. Then its chin fell to the ice and it didn’t move again. In sci-fi movies, when a plague was loosed on mankind, it invariably produced a growth unfettered by gravity or plan; warts and goiters to cause a makeup artist to wriggle with delight.

What else could explain the fact that she alone seemed comfortable in less than a walrus-sized amount of down blubber and moved as a wraith — or the apocryphal Indian — through the north woods? All by herself, Anna constituted a public disturbance. Where the dock met the shore, she stopped. The ranger station was gone. In its place was a picnic area designed with the inherent poetry of an RV-storage garage. The old, red rambling ranger station had been cramped and dirty and full of mice, but Anna missed it.

Robin Adair, the long-legged research assistant, sprang gracefully into the left rear seat, settled herself like a pro, and the plane was pushed from the hangar. The Forest Service seaplane operation was on the shore of Shagawa Lake, edging the small town of Ely. In summer, the runway was open water. Now it was a lane of hard-packed snow, running north-northeast, between gaudily painted ice-fishing houses put up helter-skelter till they resembled nothing so much as a 1940s trailer park dropped from a passing cargo plane.

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