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Come the Fear (Richard Nottingham, Book 4) by Chris Nickson

By Chris Nickson

With the invention of a tender woman’s charred and blackened physique, Richard Nottingham tackles his most annoying case but

March, 1733. fireplace rages via an empty condominium in a rundown region of Leeds, however the research takes a worrying flip with the invention of the charred is still of a tender girl and her child amidst the smouldering ruins. used to be the hearth intentionally began to hide the woman’s homicide? Richard Nottingham’s enquiries into the victim’s id will lead him from squalid alehouses, prostitutes’ haunts and thieves’ dens to the house of a filthy rich wool service provider.

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Vera and the twins always rushed down to the shelter with their families when the sirens went off. Zavodilov the gangster, on the other hand— I don’t remember ever seeing him in the shelter. He slept through the sirens as he slept through the mornings, with a cold washcloth draped over his forehead and a naked girl by his side. Or at least that’s the way I imagined it. No, he wouldn’t have made it to the shelter, but then again, Zavodilov spent many nights away from the Kirov, taking care of his mysterious business or drinking in some other criminal’s apartment.

One hundred. ” I asked him, but he didn’t even glance at me. The one-eyed man placed his cold pipe on the table, found a tea glass, and searched around his stall for a bit of cloth. “Here,” said Kolya, handing over a white handkerchief. “It’s clean. ” We watched the man fold the handkerchief three times and drape it over the mouth of the tea glass. He poured the liquor slowly. Even outdoors, with the wind gusting, the stuff smelled like poison, like a cleaning agent used on a factory floor. The one-eyed man set aside the handkerchief, which was now flecked with a soapy residue.

Each of these buildings would have a bomb shelter in its basement; citizens would be huddled down there, dozens of them clustered around a single flickering lamp, waiting for the all clear. The shells were landing close enough now that we could hear them whine in the air. The wind was louder, shrieking through the broken windows of abandoned apartments, as if God and the Germans were conspiring to blow down our city. “On the front lines, you get good at judging where the shells will land,” said Kolya, his hands jammed into the pockets of his greatcoat, as he walked into the wind that had been behind us a moment before.

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