Forge, Aug 2004, 24.95, 320 pp.
In 1810, A flustered Mr. Colcannon on the advice of a friend visits detective Sarah Tolerance who chose that profession over her other choice of whoring. Colcannon hires Sarah to discreetly investigate the murder of his brother-in-law, French aristocratic émigré Chevalier d'Aubigny. The culprit beat the victim brutally in his bed until he died.
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Sarah wearing her male garb and carrying her sword learns quickly that d'Aubigny frequented brothels where he abused prostitutes as he also did his spouse. When Anne, a prostitute, is arrested for homicide, Sarah digs deeper because she is convinced the young woman is innocent.
The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner