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Matthew Hawkwood was surprised to be assigned the case - even if it did involve the murder and mutilation of a naval courier. As the case unfolds, the true agenda behind the robbery begins to emerge... Set in Regency London, this is the first in a series of historical thrillers featuring Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood - a complex hero.
Publisher: London : HarperCollins, 2006.
ISBN: 9780007212675
Characteristics: 409 p.


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Jun 06, 2014

With a title like Ratcatcher and a story about Bow Street Runners I had to try this book.

Matthew Hawkwood is a former soldier turned Bow Street Runner. Britain is at war with Napoleon, Wellington is making advances on the continent and the Navy has a new ship about to be launched. With his old war buddy Jago, Hawkwood must solve several crimes.

I was hoping for a better story or maybe just another 100 pages would have made it seem less rushed at the end. Also, maybe a more capable character, not quite so prone to needing rescuing. Still, the atmosphere was fantastic, the descriptions of the slums and the Thames were great. I loved the weapon that shows up about half way through, the explanations were fascinating and the historical notes were quite enlightening.

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