Banks has created a living, breathing landscape peopled with such characters as Bow Street constable Henry Morton and his intimate acquaintance, actress Arabella Malibrant, along with Chief Bow Street Magistrate Sir Nathaniel Conant, all of whom one will be delighted to encounter again.
When we first meet the large, lean Morton, with his "dark and inquisitive" eyes, the independent-minded officer of the law has been summoned from the boxing ring, where he regularly takes evening exercise, to the Portman Square townhouse of Mrs. Malibrant. There a rich young gentleman in an unfortunate condition (he is dead!) has arrived in a hackney, the driver of which has disappeared into the gloom of night.
Apparently the corpse had been alive enough that very morning to participate in a duel, but he has not succumbed to any wounds sustained in that battle. Upon seeing the body, as Arabella reports to Morton, one of her dinner guests, a Miss Louisa Hamilton, nearly fell over prostrate with grief.
"If you had heard poor Miss Hamilton cry out, Henry, you would have done anything to ease her pain. I tell you, it was wrenching. I could never duplicate it." She pitched her voice low and tried anyway. "'Oh, Richard, Richard...'"
"Very touching, I'm sure," Morton said. "There is only one problem...."
Arabella raised one perfect eyebrow.
"His name was not Richard."
Not all mystery fans enjoy the historical subgenre, while others read nothing else. This book is entertaining enough to appeal to either group, with T.F. Banks possessing the confidence and light touch of an outstanding new talent. --Otto Penzler --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This is a great read and looking forward to the second in the series.
After finishing this wonderful mystery set in early 1800's London, I was delighted to see that the author, T. J. Banks, was at work on his next Bow Street Runner book.
I also found myself appreciating the way in which Banks vividly depicted all the characters, both primary and secondary, in the book.
This is a great series about a fictional blind judge based on a real-life blind judge in the 1700's.Published 1 month ago by E F
I'm sorry to say it appears there are only two books in this well written series, this novel and The Emperor's Assassin: Memoirs of a Bow Street Runner (Dell Mystery). Read morePublished 12 months ago by J. Lesley
The Thief Taker is a well-written and complex mystery full of well-developed characters set in Regency London. Read morePublished on March 29, 2011 by J. Jones
Entertaining book for those interested in historic fiction, especially the period in the late 1700's or early 1800's in London. Good storyline, and well told. Read morePublished on January 23, 2011 by Mandrake
This historical mystery is set in 1815. Henry Morton is a Bow Street Runner (a.k.a. cop) who works with his mistress to solve both a murder and a theft. Read morePublished on November 29, 2008 by Debbie
It's June 1815 in Regency England. Nathaniel Conant, the current Bow Street Magistrate better known colloquially as the "Beak", is struggling with the Bow Street Runners' growing... Read morePublished on November 27, 2008 by Paul Weiss
The Thief-Taker: Memories of a Bow Street Runner
After reading other English novels, I had expected many minor characters. Read more
I really enjoy Regency-era London and T F Banks creates an exciting and interesting story for us there. Read morePublished on February 26, 2008 by Barbarino
I agree with a previous reviewer, this is a good plane read. If you like Anne Perry you will enjoy this book. Henry Morton is very similar to William Monk. Read morePublished on October 23, 2004 by kitjank