By Patrick Easter
It is 1798 in the Port of London: a cruel villain holds sway over the underworld.
His face is savaged by lime, his back scarred by two hundred lashes - Boylin is not a man to be crossed. Yet there is one person he loathes and fears - his captain and shipmate, Tom Pascoe, the man he blames for his Court Martial and the terrible punishment that followed.
They meet again when Pascoe becomes River Surveyor for the newly formed Marine Police. Pascoe knows that Boylin is behind most of the criminal activity that flourishes in the Port, but he can't prove anything - yet. And when both men become involved with the same woman, things get personal.
Patrick Easter was a police officer in the Met for thirty years and during that time was part of the Marine Police force. On retirement, he became a successful journalist writing both for technical journals and the national press. His stint with the Marine Police coupled with a love of 18th Century history make him the perfect author for this subject.
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31 Mar 2011
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'Patrick Easter is a find. A first-rate historical thriller, particularly memorable for its evocation of the Georgian underworld and the crime-ridden Thames ... it's fortunate for us that there are more to come' Andrew Taylor. — Andrew Taylor
'Rarely has a modern novelist evoked the fascinating London of this era with such pungency and vividness' Daily Express — Daily Express
'Wonderfully atmospheric. The reek of tar and the creak of timbers rises up from every page. Carries you along on a floodtide of excitement' Rory Clements. — Rory Clements