It is 1798 in the Port of London: a cruel figure holds sway over the underworld. His name is Boylin. His face is scarred by lime and his back by the two hundred lashes he received following a naval court martial. He holds Captain Tom Pascoe responsible for his suffering. They meet again when Pascoe becomes River Surveyor for the newly formed marine police. They've had orders to investigate a sudden fall in government revenue that is affecting the nation's ability to fight the way against Napoleon and stem the rising tide of Irish rebellion. Pascoe knows that Boylin is behind it, but he can't prove anything - yet. The Watermen is a thrillingly authentic crime novel set against the violent backdrop of London's 18th century docks, the first in a series starring former naval officer Tom Pascoe.
Excellent historical novel in a "new" setting - not Tudor England for a change! Good characters, atmosphere and sense of time and place.Published 1 month ago by Mr. J. Hewett
I was intrigued with this book. A good historical novel set in an unusual part of London. The language and natural understanding of the issues of that time made me believe that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pamela Blake-Wilson
I bought this book after reading a review of one of the later books in the series about Tom Pascoe. I will not be buying the others. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Exbiztraveller
Interesting peek into a corner of Napoleonic London which hasn't previously been explored. Very unsophisticated writing though, with cardboard characters and little real tension,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Marriage