11 September 2014.
Pascoe is in mourning for Peggy the woman he loved who had been killed by an enemy of Pascoe.
He had tried to forget his loss by crawling into the bottom of a bottle therefore his work is suffering. He must recover his abilities if he is to solve the case of murder and retain his job. The situation is complicated by his growing belief that an old enemy from France is in a London.
Reviewer: Jennifer Palmer
At 19 Patrick joined the Metropolitan Police in London and three years later went onto the river. The headquarters of Thames Division, the Metropolitan Police (now known as the Marine Support Unit) was, and remains, at 259 Wapping New Stairs – the same address from which Tom Pascoe and Sam Hart used to leave and return in the exercise of their duties. By the middle of the 20th Century, much of the crime that Tom Pascoe had to deal with had disappeared, along with the river traffic. Even the docks were a shadow of their former selves and although long strings of lighters continued to go up and down the river, their day had passed as trade moved down river to Tilbury. In their place came the colliers with fuel for the power stations, the small coastal vessels from Holland and Germany and, of course, the pleasure traffic, each bringing its own problems and solutions. Patrick finally left the river on promotion and finished his service at New Scotland Yard with a policy portfolio that included – yes, you’ve guessed it – Thames Division. On leaving the police service in 1994, he became a journalist chasing deadlines for technical magazines and articles in national newspapers. He still writes, full time, but now concentrates on his novels. He lives in Sussex with his wife and a Boxer dog, working out of a Victorian pump-house, complete with its own well and pumping machinery, in the grounds of his home.