By T. F. Banks
For two decades, England and France were at conflict. Now the struggle has come home…
On a sunny July day in 1815, Plymouth Sound is crowded with boats vying for a view of England’s nice battleship HMS Bellerophon. For aboard the vessel is the stout little Frenchman who threw the realm into chaos. In London, a few humans clamor for Napoleon’s execution, others for his exile, and nonetheless others for a civil trial on English soil. For one humble London detective, the talk has became lethal. Bow highway Runner Henry Morton has a homicide to solve--and Napoleon himself is on the middle of the matter.
The sufferer is a Frenchwoman, the mistress of a count number. quickly Morton is racing via a demimonde of French expatriates, Bonapartists, fanatical Royalists, and one very harmful, drunken petty criminal. From an unique London brothel to a scene of carnage on a Dartmoor farm, the detective enters a covert battle over Napoleon’s destiny. And amid the betrayal, deception, and homicide, Morton will face a waterloo of his personal.
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Darley was clearly fascinated by this debate. "The government claims that the ships of the Royal Navy are excluded from the laws of England, whether in an English harbour or not. And certainly Mr. Morton could not go aboard the Bellerophon and arrest a man, even a murderer. The navy have their own courts and due process. " Darley waved a hand in the general direction of Cornwall. "Bonaparte, of course, wants to be allowed ashore. He wants--I daresay, even expects--the protection of English law.
All the while esteemed jurists debated the very legality of holding the man. Then, on the evening of August 4, the Bellerophon unexpectedly weighed anchor and sailed out into the Channel, taking Napoleon Bonaparte into exile. How close the fallen emperor came to never leaving Plymouth Sound is a story known only to a few. Henry Morton, Memoirs of a Bow Street Runner Agust of wind combed up the grassy knoll and fluttered the women's shawls and dresses. A quick hand preserved Arabella's hat, and she stepped behind the small windbreak afforded by Arthur Darley and his friend.
She asked quickly. " Morton asked. The woman nodded, a quick birdlike motion. " A shake of the head. "No one. " Morton looked at the poor woman standing before him, so braced for bad news. He took a deep breath, feeling sadness settle over him like a grey winter day. " For the briefest moment the woman leaned her forehead against the door, which she still held partially open. A moan escaped her, and she pressed her eyes tightly closed. With a visible effort she pulled herself upright, squaring her narrow shoulders and composing her face.