A novel of crime set in London, November 26, 1703, a terrific storm approaches its height in the city of Westminster. Brick and tiles whirl through the air, the most adventuresome souls scurry to find shelter. Shopkeepers rush to close down early, bolting doors with wooden shutters. But in a dirty, deserted side street, a greasy dim light burns in an ironmonger's shop. The owner's wife, a shrewd and greedy woman, refuses to close early lest she miss a late customer wiling to pay exorbitantly for some desperately needed tool or scrap of metal. The recklessness of her decision becomes plain as she turns to wait on her late customer . . .
Parish watchman, George Man, conscientious, courageous walks this night too--his job to extinguish fires fed by the wind, tend to the injured, and to investigate murder.
Vivid pictures of long gone London, fine historical detail, deep characterizations and a memorable plot. A fascinating mystery and historical novel.