Two crimes two decades apart set Detective Chief Inspector George Hennessey’s team on the track of a gang of thugs who are never too old for murder.
When the floods come to York, crime follows. At the age of seven, Ebenezer Moulton sat in the car while his father and three friends knocked the wind out of a poor struggling fellow and pitched him off a bridge into the raging waters below. On the day of his father’s funeral 20 years later, Moulton limps into the Micklegate Bar police station and reports what he saw to DC Carmen Pharoah, who shares his story with Hennessey (No Stone Unturned, 2008, etc.). In the meantime, enterprising Norman Budde sees the current floodwaters as an opportunity to earn some dosh by picking clean flooded-out houses in the Vale while their owners cower in nearby emergency shelters. His plans change when one house turns out to be occupied by a corpse with a bullet hole in the head. Hennessey sends Reginald Webster and Sommerled Yellich to look into this new murder while Pharoah and Thompson Ventnor probe the old. All paths cross at The Royal Sovereign, where the likes of “Two-Tone” Bowler, “Big Andy” Dagnall, “Little Andy” Barnes and, of course, Walpole Moulton first earned their reputations as hard boys.
Despite his expanded duty roster, Turnbull doesn’t vary his formula an inch in this plodding, painstaking procedural.