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The Resource Gods of gold : an Inspector Tom Harper novel, Chris Nickson

Gods of gold : an Inspector Tom Harper novel, Chris Nickson

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Gods of gold : an Inspector Tom Harper novel
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Gods of gold
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an Inspector Tom Harper novel
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Chris Nickson
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June 1890. Leeds is close to breaking point. The gas workers are on strike. Supplies are dangerously low. Factories and businesses are closing; the lamps are going unlit at night. Detective Inspector Tom Harper has more urgent matters on his mind. The beat constable claims eight-year-old Martha Parkinson has disappeared. Her father insists she's visiting an aunt in Halifax - but Harper doesn't believe him. When Col Parkinson is found dead the following morning, the case takes on an increasing desperation. But then Harper's search for Martha is interrupted by the murder of a replacement gas worker, stabbed to death outside the Town Hall while surrounded by a hostile mob. Pushed to find a quick solution, Harper discovers that there's more to this killing than meets the eye - and that there may be a connection to Martha's disappearance
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  • DI Tom Harper of the Leeds Police Department is looking forward to his upcoming wedding. But his daydreams about the joys of married life are interrupted by the disappearance of nine-year-old Martha Parkinson, whose mother is in prison for petty thieving and whose father claims Martha is visiting his sister—except that Col Parkinson doesn’t have a sister. When Col is found hanged a few days later, Harper fears the worst and even wonders if Col sold his daughter into child prostitution. But Martha’s disappearance takes a backseat when the employees of the local gasworks go on strike, substitutes are brought in to keep the gas flowing, and every copper in Leeds is called out to keep the strike from erupting into violence. But always at the back of Harper’s mind is Martha. Solidly plotted and smartly paced, with intriguing period details of 1890s England and vivid characters, this is an entertaining and thoroughly engaging procedural. -- Melton, Emily (Reviewed 11-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 111, number 5, p27)
  • A gas workers’ strike cripples Leeds in Nickson’s strong first in a new Victorian series. As the police prepare to cope with the controversial arrival of nonunion replacement workers, Insp. Tom Harper learns that eight-year-old Martha Parkinson is missing. When the girl’s father, Col, claims that she’s visiting an aunt, Harper soon discovers that no such woman exists. Meanwhile, Col is found hanging from a ceiling beam in his cottage, an apparent suicide. The entire police force is needed to help contain the chaos created by the strike, limiting Harper’s time on the Parkinson case. But when a replacement worker is murdered by a pair of sinister strangers also seen with Col, Harper realizes that the mysteries may be connected. Nickson, whose Richard Nottingham series (Fair and Tender Ladies , etc.) depicts Leeds in the early 18th century, evokes the 1890 city with accuracy and color. Solidly characterized protagonists with interesting vulnerabilities are a plus. Agent: Tina Betts, Andrew Mann (U.K.). (Dec.) --Staff (Reviewed October 20, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 42, p)
  • A detective inspector's wedding takes second, or third, place to several complicated cases. DI Tom Harper is soon to marry well-to-do widow Annabelle Atkinson, but 1890 Leeds has already been thrown into turmoil by a gas workers' strike when Harper and his detective sergeant, hot-tempered ex-soldier Billy Reed, learn of a missing child. Col Parkinson's wife is in jail, and he claims his little daughter, Martha, is with his sister. Since he has no sister, where is Martha? Soon Col is found hanged, leaving behind two suspects for the kidnapping: a small dark man and a big bruiser with cold, dead eyes. Although his boss, Superintendent Kendall, understands Harper's frustration, all leaves have been cancelled because the powers that be are bringing in replacement workers, known as blacklegs. Harper, who's sympathetic to the workers, is told to put the missing child aside for now and help keep order. When a blackleg is stabbed to death on the steps of Town Hall, the chief constable indicates that he'd be happy if Harper could prove that the killer was one of the strikers. But his investigation suggests that only council workers and the suspects in Martha's disappearance were nearby. No one admits knowing the men or whom they work for. When the police catch the big man, he refuses to speak, even after Reed loses his temper and beats him so badly that he has to be hospitalized, and he's poisoned before another interview can take place. Harper, who knows that a powerful man must be behind the taking of Martha and several other girls who have vanished from orphanages, continues to investigate. What he finds will shake Leeds to its foundations. Although Nickson's tales of Richard Nottingham (Fair and Tender Ladies, 2014, etc.) take place more than 100 years earlier, Harper faces the same disturbing inequalities in this police procedural with a social conscience.(Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2014)
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Nickson, Chris
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The Inspector Tom Harper mysteries
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[1]
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  • Strikes and lockouts
  • Murder
  • Missing children
  • Great Britain
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Gods of gold : an Inspector Tom Harper novel, Chris Nickson
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text
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000053414713
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23 cm.
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212 pages
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9780727884282
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(hbk.)
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Gods of gold : an Inspector Tom Harper novel, Chris Nickson
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volume
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text
Control code
000053414713
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
212 pages
Isbn
9780727884282
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(hbk.)

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