It is 1856. When three men are murdered in Cornwall, Amos Hawke, a Cornish detective working from London's Scotland Yard, is sent to investigate. He finds lodgings with one of the murdered men's wives - and her daughter, Talwyn. But while Amos's relationship with Talwyn gets off to a bad start, she is to prove crucial in helping him bring her father's killers to justice.
A wonderful tale from a master storyteller, Though the Heavens May Fall has its heart and soul in the lore and landscape of Cornwall.
In Thompson's quietly powerful puzzler set in 1856, Det. Constable Amos Hawke of Great Scotland Yard goes undercover to try to catch the killer of schoolteacher Edward Kernow and two excise officers who got too close to a smuggling ring in Cornwall. Amos, who officially is searching for his long-lost father, a former miner, lodges at the Charlestown cottage of Kernow's widow, Maisie, and her schoolteacher daughter, Talwyn. In the course of his investigation, Amos meets Captain Billy, a drunk who knew his father when they toiled at the Wheal Notter copper mine. Billy is reluctant to say much, however, for fear of brothers Hannibal and Pasco Davey, miners-turned-crooks who will brook no interference from snoops. Thompson (The Vagrant King) leavens this multilayered historical with a chaste, slow-burning romance (after a bumpy start) between Amos and Talwyn, who even helps her detective swain-to-be on a crucial "spy" mission to France.