“The story was inspired by police reports in The Times, published in 1830,” the author explains. “It was written as a fictional successor to my non-fiction study Before the Beak – True stories from the London Police Offices in 1830.”
The novel follows eminent criminal barrister Adolphus Winterbourne, who has been worried about his godson Arthur. When he discovers the young man was in Clerkwell prison on remand for suspected burglary, he gets quite a shock…
It is 1829, and burglary is a capital offence. But Arthur's brief stay in a London prison on a mistaken charge is only the first in a strange series of interlinked events into which he and Lord Horatio Carlton, his friend and fellow student, are inextricably drawn – events involving every aspect of London life: its journalists and politicians, its artists and scholars, its idlers and gamblers, its burglars, confidence tricksters and pickpockets.
Once Arthur and Horatio lived a life of jokes and laughter, but as events unfold they find the shadows of tragedy closing in around them. Only a desperate plea to Sir Robert Peel, Home Secretary and founder of the new Metropolitan Police Force, will avert disaster…
J. F. Slattery was educated at University College London. He spent twenty years teaching German literature and philosophy to university students, after which he founded an international translation business. He has previously published Before the Beak – True stories from the London Police Offices in 1830 (Amazon, 2012) which sparked the idea for Wisdom and Rubies. J. F. Slattery lives in Cascais, near Lisbon.
PUBLICATION DATE 12th May 2014
eISBN: 9781783066247 Price: £3.99