Matthew Hawkwood is a Bow Street Runner, an ex-military captain in the 95th. Rifles, part of a small group of English investigators known by the underworld as 'Racatchers'. The story begins with a murderous attack by two highwaymen on the outskirts of London. One of the victims is carrying a briefcase attached to his wrist. Both briefcase and wrist part company with the body as the robbers escape.
Hawkwood is called in to catch the culprits though his s...
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