Gideon's River - Gideon, Bk 14 Author:J. J. Marric (John Creasy) Book Club Edition — The Thames is for traffic--and only rarely for crime. But when crime does occur on, or in, it, then the Thames Division of the Metropolitan Police goes to work, frequently with the aid of customs men (for traffic cases often involve smuggling). — Sometimes the Thames is used for entertainment--sightseeing boats going down to t... more »he Tower or to Greenwich--sometimes for festivals.
There was to be a big festival--run by Sir Jeremy Pilkington, who'd chartered one large boat and a series of smaller ones to form a flotilla that would move from Chelsea to Tower Bridge--featuring models from Paris and fabulous jewels and furs.
Splendid for the invited guests or the spectators who would line the shore and bridges, or come out in their own small boats to crowd close to the excitement.
Trouble for the police, for a fortune on water is not an easy thing to protect.
Besides all that, a lovely young girl had vanished; a man had been badly beaten up; and the London Police found their men and resources taxed to the utmost.
And George Gideon of Scotland Yard found himself deeply enmeshed.« less