- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (Oct. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440236967
- ISBN-13: 978-0440236962
- Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.5 x 17.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 850,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Thief-Taker: Memoirs of a Bow Street Runner Mass Market Paperback – Oct 2002
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The Runners were only responsible for policing London and were not a nationwide force. They worked on a commission basis, being paid for an arrest and then for a guilty conviction. They did however, take on private investigation commissions from private individuals both in London and without. They were in effect the forerunners of the modern police detective.
Here, we have Henry Morton, a Runner of outstanding honest repution, who takes on a private investigation into the death of a young man of unpeachable reputation. Who had, according to the doctor who examined him, died due to vomiting on an excess of alcohol and who earlier in the evening had been seen at a tavern of ill-repute. Morton disagrees with doctor and thinks that the young man has been poisoned.Read more ›
The characters are well-drawn,& the plot was ingrossing.The book also presents a glimpse into 18th century England,which added to the enjoyment of the story. I enjoy mysteries that don't telegraph the ending,& this one more than met my expectations.
I enjoyed the authors style and have just ordered the second the sequel.
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Much appreciated. It helped very much with the research on this periodPublished 18 months ago by Gordon Bennett
TF Banks is a conglomerate author, consisting of Sean Russell (whose work I adore) and another author, whose name escapes me. Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 2013 by KTRhys