The Thief-Taker: Memoirs of a Bow Street Runner

By T.F. Banks

June 1815. while Henry Morton is named to the scene at Portman apartment in Claridge sq., the Bow road constable reveals a guy lifeless in a hackney coach--ostensibly of asphyxiation. He used to be Halbert Glendinning, a gentleman of unsullied personality. Then why was once he obvious frequenting considered one of London’s so much infamous dens of iniquity? And why has the motive force of the trainer vanished into the evening?

While Sir Nathaniel Conant, the executive Justice of the Peace at quantity four Bow highway, accepts the professional verdict of unintentional loss of life, Morton is sure that Glendinning used to be a sufferer of foul play. With the aid of actress Arabella Malibrant, one in all London’s such a lot celebrated beauties, he embarks on his personal discreet inquiry. and because the higher circles of London society shut ranks opposed to him, Morton races to unmask a killer whose factors are as complicated and unfathomable because the passions that rule the human center.

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He sat on the desk invoice frequently sits at. ” “He was once consuming brandy? ” “Yes. convinced, in reality, we stood one another to a around. ” Morton's center accelerated at his luck. “You spoke to him? ” “Yes, sir. just for a couple of moments. there is not too many gents to be noticeable within the Otter, and that i considered civil. ” Wardle appeared to react as Morton's gains hardened into an incredulous stare, and hastened to provide an explanation for. “I assumed he used to be there for… an analogous cause as I. there have been no longer too many locations to sit, both. I had come down… from above,” and the following Wardle regarded ever extra uncomfortable, and cleared his throat, “and the opposite desk used to be taken via a few low people or different. i needed to rainy my whistle and that i requested if i would subscribe to him. I ordered him a brandy, as I observed that was once his excitement. And so he ordered an ale for me, as that was once mine. And we had a couple of phrases. ” “Concerning what? ” “I requested him which of the little—” Wardle appeared embarrassed, then moved quickly on, “but he stated he used to be now not there for that objective. ” Morton checked out him heavily. “Did you think him? ” “Yes, sir, I did. He used to be really a shy younger gentleman, and appeared unwilling to discuss the problem. He purely acknowledged no, such used to be now not his excitement, he used to be easily there to fulfill a few folks, and so they have been past due. ” “Some people? ” “Yes. a few gents, i believe he acknowledged. ” “Did he identify them, those gents? ” “No, sir. ” “What else was once stated? ” “Very little, sir. He was once no longer talkative. I drank my ale and shortly went again upstairs. whilst I got here down a time later, he used to be nonetheless there, nonetheless by myself. I went out then, sir, and got here domestic. ” “What o'clock was once that? ” Wardle inspiration, his mouth open. “Could now not were later than part 9, sir. ” “How did he appear to you? Did he appear inebriated? ” “No, sir, not at all whilst I spoke to him. whilst I got here down the second one time, he was once sitting a piece reduce in his chair, and staring, blank-like. He appeared to not see me, and that i didn't hassle him, yet simply went domestic. ” Morton reflected. “Was the Otter busy that evening? ” “ 'Twas might be reasonably so, in the beginning. As I stated, the tables have been taken. but if I left it used to be closer empty. ” “Who is that this invoice fellow? Is he the landlord there? ” “It could be. folks there speak very respectfully to him. I by no means had phrases with him myself. not anyone ever informed me who he was once. ” “How are you aware my individuals are conscious of the Otter? What made you are saying that? ” Wardle checked out Morton in shock. “Well, in the event you recognize not anything of it, Mr. Morton, then possibly i am wrong. ” “Something made you suspect this,” Morton stated in inflammation. “Folk there say it,” vaguely answered the shopkeeper. “I can't bear in mind whilst I heard it first. i've got regularly understood it to be so, that the home was once below the safety of… a few constables or individuals of the Patrol. for this reason i'm going to that individual house—for i have regularly believed i used to be secure from… you humans. I—I presumed there was…” his voice dropped “…a attention concerned. ” the home paid off somebody from Bow highway, or even a few participants of the Foot or Horse Patrol.

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