Wapping, London: March 1799. A sunken lugger in the Pool of London at last reveals its shocking secret. River Surveyor Tom Pascoe of the Marine Police finds the bodies of two men entombed in the crew's cabin. Suspicion falls on a third member of the crew seen fleeing the scene. He had a known motive for murder. Against the background of a nation at war with Napoleon, Tom Pascoe finds his own life under threat as he digs deeper into the case.
He uncovers the existence of French agents whose task is to undermine England's ability to continue the war. In a race against time, Tom's job is further complicated by the presence of a new member of the police crew with a secret of his own...
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will there be a river of fire?
this second book in the series is as good as the first.
john pasco finds himself searching for a boy who escaped from a lugger. two Frenchmen are looking for him too for a different reason, they don't want their plans to become known and stopped.
another gripping story with well written characters, john pasco and his friend sam are my favourite characters. an unlikely pair as there is ill will against the polish jews living and working in London.
good description which doesn't slow the story down and adds to the atmosphere of the time and place.
ric jerrom performs the story bringing all the characters life, the different accents and language of the time.
I am looking forward to the next book in the series, the rising tide.
- Mrs. K. I. Richards