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By Robin Adair

1828: Sydney is a urban equipped at the backs of exiled convicts. yet in a colony of criminals, how do you cut down the record of suspects while a assassin is at the rampage?

Nicodemus Dunne was once a London policeman. After being deported on trumped up fees of attack, he now makes his residing in New South Wales as a working patterer, spreading the inside track of the day via notice of mouth. faced with a chain of grotesque and horribly artistic murders, the governor seeks out Dunne for his investigative talents and his skill to infiltrate all degrees of society.

With every one mutilated physique, the assassin has left clues for Dunne to decipher. Can he positioned the items of the puzzle jointly and seize his elusive quarry with out turning into prey himself?

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2. )—Fiction. I. Title. com For Julie ’Tis wonderful what fable will not do! ’Tis said it makes reality more bearable; But what’s reality? Who has its clue? —Lord Byron, Don Juan (1819-24) DRAMATIS PERSONAE (in order of appearance) Anonymous private soldier—relieving himself outside a pub; may lead to a sticky end. Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Shadforth—“Die Hard” commanding officer in the 57th Regiment in 1828 Sydney. Captain Crotty, of the 39th—assisting Shadforth. Captain Francis Nicholas Rossi—magistrate and police chief; a spy nursing royal secrets?

Backward, of course, but …” “Patience, Captain. ” The magistrate agreed. The patterer grabbed Rossi’s lapel excitedly. ” THE NEW WORLD was deserted, apart from one constable nearby, guarding against looting. Not that this was an automatic protection, Dunne thought as he saw the man hastily hide a bottle at Rossi’s approach. The patterer had always taken a professional interest in the colony’s police. He knew that the mounted force, set up only a few years before to hunt down outlaws, was a success though accused of questionable tactics.

How had Rossi become, Shadforth wondered, in the few short years since 1825, superintendent of police at 600 pounds a year and collector of customs at 1,000 pounds? When, mind, a servant could be had for no more than 20 pounds with keep? As if that weren’t enough, he had also been appointed chief magistrate and thus was the chief of police. The delicious gossip, of course, was that Rossi had been rewarded for his role as an agent during King George IV′s separation from his queen, Caroline, which ended in her exclusion from his coronation.

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