By Nicholas Blake
Males - overall strangers - determine the best alibis by means of arranging to modify sufferers. Ned Stowe will kill Stuart Hammer’s filthy rich uncle for which provider Hammer is to cast off Stowe’s neurotic spouse, Helena. Too far-fetched? probably. however the males plot and the plan - with its horrifyingly uncomplicated premise - is solidified...
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Arabella Malibrant was no more a shrinking violet than Morton himself. He was sure she could step over a corpse in the street and not interrupt her conversation. It was not for his benefit, this little display of feeling. Silence for a moment, and then Morton cleared his throat. ” Darley seemed to refocus. “Oh, yes. His name is Halbert Glendinning. He arrived here, oh, some thirty minutes ago in a hackney-coach. I was not there, of course. But he… well, Mrs. ” Arabella nodded, her mane of red hair swaying.
Take your wife to help! Never mind she don't want to. ” He glanced over at her, and she met his eye, tears still slipping silently down her face. The crowd was hushed as well. This was one of the reasons they came—to hear what the condemned would say, though often they were disappointed and the criminals uttered not a word, or were too distraught to speak. But Caleb Smeeton had a kind of guileless loquacity, and even Morton found himself listening without his usual scepticism. ” Smeeton went on.
N. Acknowledgments I cannot thank Ian Dennis and Sean Russell enough for tirelessly reading, rereading, and re-rereading the various drafts of this book. Without their invaluable contributions, THE THIEF-TAKER would never have got beyond the fantasy stage or, worse, might have turned into yet another dusty academic study. The death of Halbert Glendinning will, in my mind, always be coupled to the great battle fought at Waterloo, and the extraordinaary celebration within the city of London that June of 1815.
A Penknife in My Heart by Nicholas Blake