By Edward Marston
Could 1915. With millions of Britons combating within the trenches, a significantly depleted police strength is still at the back of to maintain the house entrance secure and proceed the struggle opposed to crime, espionage, and army desertion. In London, Scotland backyard is already overstretched whilst the sinking of the Lusitania sparks an unheard of wave of anti-German riots and arson assaults around the urban. one of the sufferers are the immigrant tailor Jacob Stein, discovered lifeless in his burnt-out shop.
Initially Jacob's killing seems to be the tragic way over wartime hysteria – but if it transpires that Jacob have been stabbed amidst the flames, his secure ransacked, and his daughter Ruth raped, the prospect that those attacks have been long-premeditated crimes turns into unavoidable.
Detective Inspector Harvey Marmion and Sergeant Joe Keedy needs to tackle this situation of cover-ups and contradictions and music down Jacob's killer and Ruth's assailants. As their hunt incorporates them from the crime-ridden...
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