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Matthew Hawkwood, ex-soldier turned Bow Street Runner, goes undercover to hunt down smugglers and traitors at the height of the Napoleonic Wars in this thrilling follow-up to Ratcatcher.
For a French prisoner of war, there is only one fate worse than the gallows: the hulks. Former man-o'-wars, now converted to prison ships, their fearsome reputation guarantees a sentence served in the most dreadful conditions.
Few survive. Escape, it's said, is impossible.
Yet reports persist of a sinister smuggling operation within this brutal world – and the Royal Navy is worried enough to send two of its officers to investigate.
But when they disappear without trace, the Navy turns in desperation to Bow Street for help. It's time to send in a man as dangerous as the prey. It's time to send in Hawkwood…
Praise for Resurrectionist:
'Breakneck pace, brutal action, clever characterization and twisty plotting … James McGee brings Regency London to life – or perhaps I should say to death!' Reginald Hill
Praise for Ratcatcher:
'Irresistible… rambunctious entertainment'
'Rumbustious…a darkly attractive hero, terrific period atmosphere and action' The Times
'Atmospheric and well researched… try it!’ Daily Mirror
'"Ratcatcher" is a richly enjoyable and impressively researched novel – also very gripping. James McGee is clearly a rising star in the historical galaxy and I look forward to Hawkwood's return’ Andrew Taylor, author of 'The American Boy'
About the author
James McGee is the pseudonym of Glen Moy, the Ottakar's manager in Tenterden. Glen has worked in banking, sales, newspapers and the airline industry before turning to bookselling. His interest in the Napoleonic period dates to his first reading of C.S.Forrester's 'The Gun'. This is the third in a series of books featuring Matthew Hawkwood.
London Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood lands an extremely dangerous undercover assignment in McGee's excellent third Regency crime thriller (after 2012's Resurrectionist). The Home Secretary has asked Bow Street to assist the Admiralty, whose Transport Board administers foreign prisoners of war. Recent board efforts to investigate an alarming increase in the number of escapes of French prisoners have resulted in the drowning of one British naval officer and the disappearance of another. Posing as an American who was captured in Spain while attached to one of Bonaparte's regiments, Hawkwood enters the new prison in Maidstone, a holding pen for prisoners before their transfer to the Thames and Medway "hulks" (i.e., prison ships). The rip-roaring plot compares favorably to Robert Louis Stevenson, while the evocative details of life aboard ship call to mind Patrick O'Brian.