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By Robin Adair

1828: Sydney is a urban outfitted 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 scoop of the day by means of be aware of mouth. faced with a chain of ugly and horribly creative 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 trap his elusive quarry with no turning into prey himself?

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Jane Austen, Emma (1815) ROSSI AND DUNNE LEFT THE GOVERNOR AND CAREFULLY SKIRTED the barracks’ dusty parade ground to head for a gate onto George Street. The barracks were surrounded by hammer-dressed stone walls ten feet high and two feet thick, which kept their fifteen-acre world private from the growing town outside. Drought was in its third year and the fountain at one side of the open ground was dry. Perhaps it always had been; Sydney, apart from ale and rum, was a dry town. The original prime source of water, the Tank Stream, had long become fouled, and fresh water was drawn now from the Lachlan Swamps four miles away to boost inadequate private wells.

The patterer hung back, clearly not as happy as Rossi to see Marsden. “Well, you do all the talking,” he muttered. “He’ll ignore us if he knows I’m not free, pass-man though I may be. He even loathes men who have done their time. He’d probably like to cut me dead—literally—if I stepped out of line in any way. ” He ignored Rossi’s snort and continued. “It’s true. Why, as a magistrate he used to scourge suspects until they confessed. ” Rossi simply snorted again and strode on, so Dunne kept silent and maintained a respectful pace behind him as they intercepted the minister.

As he walked away he muttered, “Ignore my meandering. ” NICODEMUS DUNNE WAS so preoccupied with thoughts of royal goings-on that he collided heavily with the first pedestrian he came across in George Street. ” said the offended target. Only after he had apologized did the patterer recognize his victim. “Oh, Dr. Cunningham,” he said. “My clumsy fault. ” He had not seen the ship’s surgeon around the town since he had landed after his latest voyage some months before. “I fervently wish I could go back,” said Peter Cunningham wryly.

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