"Superb—a pitch-perfect blend of Golden Age charm and sinister modern suspense, with a main character to die for. This is the book Edwards was born to write." —Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Sooty, sulphurous, and malign: no woman should be out on a night like this. A spate of violent deaths—the details too foul to print—has horrified the capital and the smog-bound streets are deserted. But Rachel Savernake—the enigmatic daughter of a notorious hanging judge—is no ordinary woman. To Scotland Yard's embarrassment, she solved the Chorus Girl Murder, and now she's on the trail of another killer.
Jacob Flint, a young newspaperman temporarily manning The Clarion's crime desk, is looking for the scoop that will make his name. He's certain there is more to the Miss Savernake's amateur sleuthing than meets the eye. He's not the only one.
Flint's pursuit of Rachel Savernake will draw him ever-deeper into a labyrinth of deception and corruption. Murder-by-murder, he'll be swept ever-closer to its dark heart—an ancient place of execution. Twisted family relationships add to a trust-no-one narrative positively reeking with atmosphere.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If you like your mysteries injected with a blood-curdling dose of horror, Martin Edwards has your number. Heiress and amateur detective Rachel Savernake and ambitious news reporter Jacob Flint have one thing in common: They’re awfully close at hand when murder after ghastly murder is committed in the streets of 1930s London. Soon enough, Jacob isn’t sure whether Rachel is interested in solving crimes or trying to get away with them. Edwards is known as a writer of both detective novels and British true crime, and Gallows Court draws on his skill at both. His intensely scary crime novel has the kind of believable details that put you there…and on edge.
In this exceptional series launch from Edgar winner Edwards (Dancing for the Hangman) set in 1930 London, ambitious tabloid journalist Jacob Flint is hoping to make a name for himself by interviewing Rachel Savernake, a judge's daughter, whose amateur detecting solved a murder that baffled Scotland Yard. Rachel had identified Claude Linacre, a prominent politician's brother, as the killer shortly before Linacre fatally poisoned himself. After Rachel rebuffs Jacob's inquiries about the Linacre case, she persuades a terminally ill banker and philanthropist to write a confession that he strangled and dismembered a nurse and then shoot himself. Entries from an 11-year-old journal, written by someone whose role is initially unclear, accuse Rachel of being a murderer. More bloodshed follows as Jacob tries to figure out Rachel's motives and culpability. The labyrinthine plot is one of Edwards's best, and he does a masterly job of maintaining suspense, besides getting the reader to invest in the fate of the two main characters. Fans of Edgar Wallace's classic Four Just Men won't want to miss this one.