This is the third book in the Pyke series. Then it was just the foreman and his cudgel. The rest of the dockers were ten, maybe fifteen yards behind him; Pyke could hear them panting; he could hear their shouts. At times, he is both likeable and unlikeable but is perhaps saved by the fact that the villains are much worse people than he is. Two men tried to follow him but he pulled the plank from under their feet and watched as they fell into the water. He is also trying to win back the affection of his son Felix after his time in prison as well as failing to deal with his confused relationship with servant and friend Jo. In it's style and solid sense of time and place, this book would be well-suited to fans of C J Sansom's Shardlake series.
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. He swung the piece of wood at one of the men and looked around for a possible escape route. Clean, undamaged book with no damage to pages and minimal wear to the cover. The ending of the story came as a real shock, and I certainly could not have predicted what would happen. 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. Andrew Pepper always seems able to provide plenty of description while never letting go of the story itself. There are a lot of good things and one very good one about this book.
From Australia to United Kingdom About this Item: 2009. The foreman grinned, as a hunter might do, snaring a wild beast. Remember if you are not happy, you are covered by our 100% money back guarantee. The economy is sliding into recession; gangs of unemployed workers roam the streets; and a murderer prowls the capital's poor neighbourhoods. Nevertheless I look forward to read the two remaining books in the series 3 in the Pyke mystery series set in London.
Her body, found near the docks, has been viciously mutilated, but the police force are concentrating all their resources on the suspicious death of an influential aristocrat, and Pyke must therefore work alone. They chased him towards the high brick wall that surrounded the entire dock area. For me Pyke is a larger-than life character with all his strength and weakness, his own moral compass, his stubbornness and endurance, and his intricate relationship to women. Still, he nodded, deciding to let it go for the time being. 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. All orders are dispatched as swiftly as possible! He is given his freedom, in return for which he must investigate the murder of an immigrant from Jamaica. It is not long before another poor, young woman turns up dead, also mutilated and dumped by the river, 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.
McQuillan joined Pyke and apologised for the interruption. Like it was code for something. So it is with Kill-Devil. The whole trip, he was protective of her. The excursion to Jamaica, which is a real highlight, is a necessary part of the book.
And it is real value for money; this is a lot of book in terms of weight of plot, detail, and seriousness of purpose. Pepper describes 19th century life very well and Pyke is an intriguing character. Pyke returns in a gripping tale of brutal murder and deception, set in the back streets of Victorian London and the cane fields of Jamaica. He is released at the intervention of his old acquaintance Fitzroy Tilling of the quite recently formed New Police force the 'Peelers'. He fell to the ground holding his mouth, blood rushing down his chin. The economy is sliding into recession; gangs of unemployed workers roam the streets; and a murderer prowls the capital's poor neighbourhoods.
Pyke is a complex character with many unredeemable qualities who works hard at not being happy and at doing things that decidedly will not make him happy. McQuillan had just described Alefounder. It reads like an idea that Andrew Pepper had and could not discard. Pyke accepts the job, but quickly realises that there is far more to the case than it initially appears. 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. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text.
He is released from prison by Fitzroy Tilling from the new Metropolitan Police. Dimension: 197 x 129 x 26. Schutzumschlag mit wenigen Gebrauchsspuren an Einband, Schutzumschlag oder Seiten. There is one simple answer to this. He gains the assistance of a journalist to help him find the killer whilst trying to keep secret the more sensationalist details of the girls murder.
I'm really sad about the fact that Andrew Pepper did not continue the series. His investigation leads him to the sugar plantations of Jamaica. This is another good story in the Pyke series. In fairness it may be that those who have his followed his career in the previous series books would be more involved with this aspect; there are a lot of references to back-stories. Signed and line quoted on the title page by the author. Its another entertaining historical detective novel influenced by Dickens and the social deprivation of Victorian London. The foreman lashed at him with the cudgel, missing his cheek by a whisker, but Pyke caught him by the wrist, twisted it and forced the cudgel from his grasp.