A story of high intrigue and low politics, of brutal murder and cunning conspiracies, set against the backdrop of a fascinating period in British history and introducing an ingenious, pragmatic and unforgettable hero. St Giles, London, 1829: three people have been brutally murdered and the city simmers with anger and political unrest.
Pyke, sometime Bow Street Runner, sometime crook, finds himself accidentally embroiled in the murder investigation but quickly realises that he has stumbled into something more sinister and far-reaching. In his pursuit of the murderer, Pyke ruffles the feathers of some powerful people and, falsely accused of murder himself, he soon faces a death sentence and the gallows of the Old Bailey.
Imprisoned, and with only his uncle and the headstrong, aristocratic daughter of his greatest enemy who believe in him, Pyke must engineer his escape, find the real killer and untangle the web of politics that has been spun around him. From the gutters of Seven Dials to the cells of Newgate prison, from the turmoil of 1800s Belfast to the highest levels of murky, pre-Victorian politics, THE LAST DAYS OF NEWGATE is a gripping, darkly atmospheric story with a fantastic, pragmatic - and reluctantly heroic - hero.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 05/07/2007
- Category: Historical mysteries
- ISBN: 9780753821688
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Review by SwindonIan
As a fan of historical fiction, I wasn't too impressed by this. The plot is overly complex, and the detective invincible. Rather too graphic its violence too.
Review by Fluffyblue
For some reason I couldn't get into this book. I didn't like the characters, the "plot" seemed weak and I just didn't enjoy reading it. There was to much going on, and for me, the ending was too far fetched and it just kept going on and on. Not recommended.
Review by secretoktober
Crime fiction is not my usual choice but i was gripped the moment i picked this book up, it is set in London in the early 1800s when our hero Pyke investigates a murder, this book has everything you could wish for beautiful prose,intrigue, violence , love and our hero Pyke (what a man). Andrew Pepper is a truly gifted writer, i can't wait to the sequel " The Revenge of Captain Payne."
Review by mojacobs
Historical thriller/crime writing. Not bad: I did finish it, - but not great either. I did not feel any empathy for the "hero" Pyke, and the political aspect of the book seemed very far-fetched to me. This is number one in a series, but I am not going to buy any more Pyke mysteries. ”