Regency London is vividly brought to live in this extraordinary page-turner, the first in a series of historical thrillers featuring Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood - a complex and fascinating hero. Hunting down highwaymen was not the usual preserve of a Bow Street Runner. As the most resourceful of this elite band of investigators, Matthew Hawkwood was surprised to be assigned the case - even if it did involve the murder and mutilation of a naval courier. From the squalor of St Giles Rookery, London's notorious den of theives and cutthroats, to the palatial homes of the aristocracy where knights of the realm conduct themselves in a manner unbecoming to their rank, Hawkwood relentlessly pursues his quarry. And as the case unfolds, and another body is discovered, the true agenda behind the robbery begins to emerge: the stolen naval dispatch pouch held details of a French plot that, if successful, will send the Royal Navy's entire fleet scurrying to port in terror, leaving Napoleon to rule the waves. With no way of knowing who can be trusted, Hawkwood must engage in a desperate race against time to prevent the successful execution of the Emperor's plot.
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'Born into an army family, James McGee grew up in Gibraltar, Germany and Northern Ireland. He has held a variety of jobs in banking, newspapers, the airline industry and book selling. A seasoned traveller across Europe, Australia, the US and the Far East, he currently lives in Somerset, England
As well as being the author of the successful Matthew Hawkwood series of novels: Ratcatcher (US title: Hawkwood), Resurrectionist, Rapscallion, Rebellion and The Blooding, he has also written thrillers: Trigger Men, Crow's War and Wolf's Lair.'
'Ratcatcher has everything duels and derring-do, London highlife and lowlife, French lechery and treachery -- all contained in a fast-moving, cleverly constructed plot with an immaculately detailed historical background. Add a hero who is ruthless, mysterious and sexy, and it's a safe bet that 'Ratcatcher' marks the start of a series that will run and run ! and run!' Reginald Hill '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 An American Boy
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