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Skin like silver /

by Nickson, Chris [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Nickson, Chris. Inspector Tom Harper mysteries: 03.Publisher: Sutton, Surrey : Severn House, 2016.Edition: First world edition.Description: 218 pages ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780727885708; 0727885707.Subject(s): Harper, Tom (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction | Police -- England -- Leeds -- Fiction | Suffragists -- Fiction | Great Britain -- History -- Victoria, 1837-1901 -- FictionSummary: The third intriguing historical mystery to feature Detective Inspector Tom Harper. Leeds, England. October, 1891. An unclaimed parcel at the Central Post Office is discovered to contain the decomposing body of a baby boy. It's a gruesome case for DI Tom Harper.
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The third intriguing historical mystery to feature Detective Inspector Tom Harper <br> <br> Leeds, England. October, 1891. An unclaimed parcel at the Central Post Office is discovered to contain the decomposing body of a baby boy. It's a gruesome case for DI Tom Harper. Then a fire during the night destroys half the railway station. The next day a woman's body is found in the rubble. But Catherine Carr didn't die in the blaze: she'd been stabbed to death - and Harper has to find her killer.<br> The estranged wife of a wealthy industrialist, Catherine had been involved with the Leeds Suffragist Society, demanding votes for women, the same organization for which Harper's wife Annabelle has just become a speaker. Were Catherine's politics the cause of her death? Or is the husband she abandoned behind it? But when her brother escapes from the asylum and steals a shotgun, Harper has to race to find the answers.

The third intriguing historical mystery to feature Detective Inspector Tom Harper. Leeds, England. October, 1891. An unclaimed parcel at the Central Post Office is discovered to contain the decomposing body of a baby boy. It's a gruesome case for DI Tom Harper.

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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">They ran, scraping their way over the debris. Dust rose around them as they scrambled. 'Over here,' the man called. He was standing by a pile of rubble. 'You can just see her foot over there.' They gazed. Half a button boot, the leather torn clean away to show bloody flesh. The rest of her was buried under chunks of concrete. 'Must have collapsed right on top of her,' Hill said grimly, taking off his uniform jacket. 'Let's get this shifted.' Ash glanced at Harper's bandaged hands. 'Will you be all right, sir?' 'I'll manage,' the inspector told him as he stared at the foot. It took them a quarter of an hour to move everything, sweating and grunting. Blood seeped through Harper's bandages. He grimaced and worked on. 'Christ,' Hill said quietly. Most of her clothes had burned away. Her hair was gone. She was part-flesh, burned and black. But it was the rest of her that made them draw in their breath. Patches of metal across her body that glinted in the light. Skin like silver: the thought came into his head. 'What..?' At first he didn't even realize he'd spoken. 'Must have been the girders,' Hill said. He couldn't take his eyes off the body. 'They melted in the heat and the metal dripped down on her.' He wiped a hand across his mouth. 'I just hope to God she was already dead.' Harper took a deep breath and squatted, moving this way and that around the corpse. Only the shape and size of the body and the torn button boot showed she'd once been female. Now... he could scarcely believe what he saw. Two dark, burned holes where her eyes had once been. The smell of her, like charred meat. The glittering metal. Dear God, it was grotesque. A statue of death. He shuddered as he stood again. Excerpted from Skin Like Silver: A Tom Harper Victorian Police Procedural by Chris Nickson All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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The latest adventure of DI Tom Harper of the Leeds Police sees the detective balancing two very different cases. In the first, he is trying to locate the mother of a dead baby found in a parcel at the local post office. Then a fire destroys a railroad station and discovered beneath the rubble is a woman's corpse, covered in melted steel. As Harper works to identify the murderer of Catherine Carr, he has to partner with a former colleague who had transferred to the Fire Brigade. Harper and Billy Reed had a serious falling-out, and their relationship remains tentative at best. Murder, women's -suffrage, madness, and industrial shenanigans all come together in a shocking conclusion. VERDICT Harper is a good copper; he wants justice, but sometimes he is forced to seek it in slightly unethical ways. As an industrial hub, Leeds drew immigrants from all parts of the British Empire, making for a riveting historical setting. Readers of Iain Pears and Will Thomas will enjoy this Victorian series. © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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