By Anne Perry
For superintendent Thomas Pitt, the sight of the lifeless guy driving the morning tide of the Thames is unforgettable. He lies in a battered punt drifting during the morning mist, his legs and arms chained to the boat's facets. he's clad in a torn eco-friendly costume and flora bestrew his battered body.Pitt's decided look for solutions to the victim's identification leads him deep into London's bohemia to the theatre the place attractive Cecily Antrim is outraging society along with her daring portrayal of a latest woman--and into studios the place masters of sunshine and shadow are experimenting with the attention-grabbing new artwork of images. yet purely Pitt's such a lot relentless pursuit permits him to spot the wildfire passions raging via this tragedy of fine and evil, to seek down the accountable and safeguard the blameless.
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Tellman grunted. ” he said darkly. “If he’s lying, can we prove it? I mean, if he’s French, and he gets all the embassy to cover him, what can we do? ” He pulled his face into an expression of disgust. Pitt had already had his own doubts. The thought was increasingly unpleasant. ” “Well, he’s either Bonnard or he’s someone else,” Pitt said dryly. “We’d better assume he’s someone else, and start looking. The punt, in the state it is, won’t have come more than a couple of miles down the river . ” “That’s what the river police said,” Tellman agreed.
Fortunately he was going to the theatre that evening with his mother-in-law, Caroline Fielding. After Charlotte’s father, Edward Ellison, had died, and a decent period of mourning had passed, Caroline had met and fallen in love with an actor, considerably younger than herself. She had scandalized Edward’s mother by marrying again, and mortified her by being apparently very happy. She had also adopted a rather more liberal way of life, which was another point of conflict. Old Mrs. Ellison had absolutely refused to live under the same roof with Caroline and her new husband.
Pitt found himself shivering in spite of the fact that it was not really cold, only damp. He had sent for his assistant, Sergeant Tellman, but he had not yet arrived. He looked back at the constable. ” “I found it meself, sir. This is my beat along ’ere. I were goin’ ter sit on the steps an’ have a bite to eat when I saw it. That were about ’alf past five, sir. ” “But you saw it? ” “More like ’eard it, bumpin’, an’ went ter see what it was. Shone me light on it, an’ near ’ad a fit! ” Pitt was vaguely amused in spite of himself.
Half Moon Street by Anne Perry