First edition. Signed, lined, and dated by the author. Fine in pictorial boards as issued with a promotional postcard laid-in. London, 1850. Fog in the air and filth in the streets, from the rat-infested graveyard of Tom-All-Alone's to the elegant chambers in Lincoln's Inn Fields, where the formidable lawyer Edward Tulkinghorn has powerful clients to protect, and a deadly secret to hide. Only that secret is now under threat from an unseen adversary. Unfairly dismissed from the police force, Charles Maddox is struggling to establish himself as a private detective. Only business is slow and his one case a dead end, so when Tulkinghorn offers a handsome price for an apparently simple job, Charles is unable to resist. An assignment that starts with anonymous letters soon leads to a brutal murder.
Inventory Number: 32351