The Emperor's Assassin: Memoirs of a Bow Street Runner (Dell Mystery)

By T.F. Banks

For two decades, England and France were at warfare. Now the warfare has come home…

On a sunny July day in 1815, Plymouth Sound is crowded with boats vying for a view of England’s nice battleship HMS Bellerophon. For aboard the vessel is the stout little Frenchman who threw the area into chaos. In London, a few humans clamor for Napoleon’s execution, others for his exile, and nonetheless others for a civil trial on English soil. For one humble London detective, the talk has grew to become lethal. Bow road Runner Henry Morton has a homicide to solve--and Napoleon himself is on the center of the matter.

The sufferer is a Frenchwoman, the mistress of a count number. quickly Morton is racing via a demimonde of French expatriates, Bonapartists, fanatical Royalists, and one very harmful, drunken petty criminal. From an unique London brothel to a scene of carnage on a Dartmoor farm, the detective enters a covert conflict over Napoleon’s destiny. And amid the betrayal, deception, and homicide, Morton will face a waterloo of his personal.

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Thanks. that's, after all, up to is required. Monsieur le comte, may well I simply ask, did you converse for your father prior to he went to Barnes the previous day? Did he say something, on the topic of concerns of kingdom or to the other topic, that would throw gentle upon next occasions? " there has been now a moderate hesitation earlier than the son spoke back. "Le comte d'Auvraye and that i had a few few phrases of a private nature and never, i feel, germane on your enquiries. i used to be now not aware of his political opinions or of alternative types. He did not... a lot honour me together with his self assurance. He was once more likely to talk to Monsieur Rolles on such a issues. " "Were your... perspectives assorted? " back, a quick silence. Now the younger count's smile used to be reflective. Morton questioned no matter if he was once considering the right way to word his reaction or administering a quiet reproof for his or her probing so intimate a question. "The past due gentleman and that i have been in solidarity at the basic have to fix the distinction of France and of her royal kinfolk and the Aristocracy. We had a few changes of opinion as to the main expeditious and honourable technique of attaining this aim. yet those ameliorations have been of little end result, as I had no sensible function in monsieur le comte's undertakings. " used to be there bitterness in those words? Henry Morton was once turning into extra attracted to Eustache d'Auvraye than he had particularly anticipated to be. "Would or not it's attainable, monsieur le comte," John Townsend went on, "to communicate in your mom or your sisters? they might possibly have overheard anything that might relief us. " "It may tremendously shock me, monsieur, if the women of this apartment have been any higher trained upon those concerns than I. In le comte d'Auvraye's belief of his function as head of this relations, it used to be his privilege, and without doubt additionally his accountability, to maintain strictly to himself all such matters, in addition to the choices with regards to them. at least, i'm certain you are going to relish that for the instant the women are deeply distressed and indisposed to speak with strangers. today the hassle will be intolerable for them. " "Ah definite, monsieur, this can be particularly to be understood. in fact. " yet now, as he and Morton appeared poised to head, Townsend requested in a thoughtful tone, "Will monsieur le comte be returning quickly to France? " The younger count number blinked at him a second. For a few cause, of the entire questions they'd posed, this appeared the single he used to be least ready for. "I--I--do no longer be aware of, monsieur. i have never notion to date. possibly I shall. definite, probably. yet i feel i'd like to stay on your state, at the least till vengeance is exacted for le comte d'Auvraye's homicide. " "In England, monsieur le comte," muttered Morton, "we may relatively communicate of justice. " rather than taking umbrage, Eustache d'Auvraye regarded immediately at Henry Morton, and the well mannered smile he were conserving pale. there has been one of those charm within the a little bit depression expression that remained, and as their eyes met, Morton felt a strange second of connection, of unforeseen sympathy. "I humbly beg Monsieur's pardon," d'Auvraye corrected himself.

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