By David Ashton
The 3rd in David Ashton's sequence of McLevy thrillers, A Trick of the sunshine sees McLevy workforce up with Arthur Conan Doyle to pursue a ruthless killer. it truly is 1860 and a accomplice officer, Jonathen Sinclair, arrives in Edinburgh with a sheaf of cash to buy a blockade-runner from Clydeside shipbuilders. he's betrayed to the Union forces and is shot useless by means of their mystery brokers. who're they and the place is Sinclair's cash? in the meantime, a stunning younger American spiritualist, Sophia Adler, is the toast of upper-class Edinburgh together with her dramatic seances. even if, she may perhaps but turn out to be the deadliest girl McLevy and Conan Doyle will ever come upon.
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McLevy had lost face. To know that folk had laughed behind his back. A childhood memory of similar humiliation had surfaced. It cut him to the bone. A gang of boys following him through the wynds, howling names, spittle and stones showering his back. His mother had cut her throat, mad auld bitch. Jamie McLevy would be next. Mad for certain sure. Thank God that Lieutenant Roach, his superior in rank if not in merit, had failed to witness the incident of the overlooked dishcloth. Ergo the purchase.
Rendezvous was the hour itself. Now or never. He took a deep breath, replaced the watch and sauntered out into the docks like a man without a care in the world. It only took a dozen steps. Enough for him to observe the sailing ships close by with a few small steamers beyond not at all suitable for blockade running, not enough speed and backbone; the ladies he desired, iron-paddled, schooner-rigged, the Emily, the Charlotte, the Caroline, were already built or being so back in Glasgow. But that city had become infested with Federal agents of the Union and so he must transact commerce where the power lay.
He did indeed have a frontal skull bone fit for a granite quarry. ’ ‘Ye should aye punch up,’ said McLevy. ’ He was enjoying the looks of bafflement on the faces of his lieutenant and constable so decided to put another dent in their brainpans. ’ This time when the young man laughed the face expressed merriment and humour but no sound emerged, as if the laughter was choked at source. ’ ‘In medicine, no doubt,’ the inspector punched up as his opponent towered over him. ‘Ye have the natural arrogance necessary to the medical profession but not enough brains tae disport yourself in the legal.
A Trick of the Light by David Ashton