The Frightened Man by Kenneth Cameron

By Kenneth Cameron

London in 1900 is a sprawling, chaotic internet of switch and growth, ideal for a guy like Denton, an American with a violent earlier looking anonymity as an intruder. yet his notoriety because the writer of numerous darkish novels—and the well known tale that, a long time prior to, he had gunned down 4 males within the American West—sometimes brings undesirable viewers to his door. while a terrified guy indicates up one night and says that he's being pursued by means of the long-gone Jack the Ripper, Denton dismisses him as yet another sufferer of London’s lunacy. yet then the mutilated physique of a teenaged prostitute named Stella Minter is located in London’s East finish. . . .

Disappointed through the inability of police trouble, Denton determines to pursue the assassin, even after it’s transparent that he’s develop into the subsequent aim. As Denton starts to peel away the layers of the lurid and frightening homicide, he unearths himself exploring the darkish underbelly of the bursting city, a spot so tremendous that Denton is compelled to keep on with not anything yet his instincts in the course of the maze of London—its pubs, its police places of work, its darkish alleys and disreputable neighborhoods—to discover a assassin who's himself an agent of the city’s cancerous progress. And alongside the way in which Denton is fortunate adequate to discover an best friend in a lady with a earlier as haunted and a spirit as autonomous as his own.

Kenneth Cameron has introduced turn-of-the-century London vividly to lifestyles during this clever and compelling crime novel. The anxious Man delves some distance deeper than the mere situations of a homicide to enquire the unseen—the secrets and techniques harbored in London’s immeasurable streets and in the dead of night aspect of human nature.

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Hench-Rose smiled more fiercely. ’ Munro’s great jaws widened, the effect of a smile. ’ Dripping with contempt. Hector, not the swiftest of intellects, stared at him. ’ Hector frowned. ‘Oh, dear,’ Hector said. He looked at Denton. ’ Munro grinned at Denton, offering not a drop of pity for his being American. Hector explained. ‘The Square Mile is the City of London, Denton. My fault for not having realized it; I paid no attention to the location when I read the tale in the paper. ’ He looked up.

This is more difficult than I thought,’ she said. The smile became more brilliant. ‘I’ve found somebody else, Denton. ’ At first, he didn’t make sense of ‘finding’ somebody else. Then he understood: she’d found somebody she preferred to him and was giving him his walking papers. He wondered later if he had closed his eyes, because he couldn’t see her for one sightless instant, a moment of horrendous rage that deafened and blinded him. When he could see again, she was smiling at him. ‘Now, now,’ she said.

Just - somebody, you know - we’d walk out to where there was some green, you know, and he set snares, for rabbits, he said, but he never caught nothing. Birds - prop a box on a stick. Nothing ever came into the box. Anyways. ‘I was, maybe, fourteen. I was fourteen. He got himself a girl for walking out, he did. He made jokes about her to me but they walked out. Elinor Grimble. She was fat, not a pretty girl, glad even to have him, I suppose. He told me things about her - said he, you know, did things to her—’ Mulcahy looked up to make sure that ‘did things to her’ was understood.

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