By Edward Marston
Might 1915. With millions of Britons combating within the trenches, a significantly depleted police strength continues to be at the back of to maintain the house entrance secure and proceed the struggle opposed to crime, espionage, and armed forces desertion. In London, Scotland backyard is already overstretched while the sinking of the Lusitania sparks an extraordinary wave of anti-German riots and arson assaults around the urban. one of the sufferers are the immigrant tailor Jacob Stein, discovered useless in his burnt-out shop.
Initially Jacob's killing seems to be the tragic way over wartime hysteria – but if it transpires that Jacob have been stabbed amidst the flames, his secure ransacked, and his daughter Ruth raped, the prospect that those attacks have been long-premeditated crimes turns into unavoidable.
Detective Inspector Harvey Marmion and Sergeant Joe Keedy needs to tackle this situation of cover-ups and contradictions and song down Jacob's killer and Ruth's assailants. As their hunt includes them from the crime-ridden...
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She held back her tears and conversed politely with the girl. But when she got back to the apartment and was alone, she wept copiously into the pillow which bore the impress of Lanny’s head. He was not being routed by way of Bermuda because he was in the black books of the British government, which had become suspicious of his intimacy with Rudolf Hess and other leading Nazis. Lanny’s route was via San Juan in Puerto Rico, and thence to the port of Belém in Brazil; he would cross the ocean to a place called Bolamo in Portuguese West Africa, and from there go on to Lisbon.
Here they pawned their jewels and furs and lived the same wasteful lives that had brought their country to ruin. The Germans left enough food for those who could buy it, for they wanted the help of that same haute bourgeoisie. Lanny found lodgings, not without difficulty, and surely not without price. Wonderful is that power called “social position”; the elegance, the aloofness, the assurance that come with the possession of wealth—and not crude wealth, but wealth that your family and your friends and your class have possessed for generations, so that it is like the air you breathe and do not have to think about.
He might come back here and see what we are doing. ” “I’ll let you hear from me without fail,” Lanny promised. VIII The visitor didn’t make an attempt to see the old marshal himself. Now he had surrendered all real power to the evil Laval, and would serve as a figurehead to make the masses of the French people, who adored him as the hero of Verdun, believe that la patrie was in the hands of an all-wise and all-benevolent father, a deputy of God. What Lanny wanted to do was to make his report and move on from this health resort before it became unhealthy for him; before his visits attracted too much attention from the Gestapo and caused them to look up his recent doings.
A Bespoke Murder (The Home Front Detective, Book 1) by Edward Marston