The Darkest Walk

By Malcolm Archibald

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Set in 1848, Darkest Walk of Crime sees Detective Mendick sent on his first case. With the fear of civil war in Britain, he travels undercover to Manchester, the heart of the troubled area, and immediately becomes involved in a conspiracy that threatens to tear the country apart.

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Set in 1848, Darkest Walk of Crime sees recently promoted Detective Mendick sent on his first case. Disturbing new evidence suggests the working class Chartist movement is seeking violent action after years of oppression. With the spectre of civil war looming, Mendick goes undercover in the heart of Britain's industrial region - Manchester. He struggles with his loyalties when his sympathies are awoken by the plight of the working classes and the beautiful and enigmatic Chartist, Rachel Scott. But Mendick discovers there is more to the case than he has been led to believe. Soon he becomes wrapped up in a conspiracy that threatens to tear the country apart, and unravelling this darkest walk of crime will take Mendick on a perilous journey - to the hub of British society.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Fledgling Press
Publication Date 1 Aug 2011
ISBN 9781905916313
Number of Pages 316

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The Historical Novels Review Online: The Darkest Walk is an accomplished piece of work by Malcolm Archibald. He gives what could be a dark and miserable subject passion and suspense. I felt involved through his account of Detective Mendick's journey - he was a suitable hero that I found believable, as he acted as I would, and stumbled where I did. This is a bit more intelligent than many books I've read in this genre - I enjoyed the fact I couldn't predict the outcome. Highly recommended. --Sarah Newman The Skinny: Review by James Carson Some may find Mendick's squeaky clean character far-fetched, but he wouldn't be the first improbably decent detective to win readers' hearts. In an afterword, Malcolm Archibald openly acknowledges that he has played fast and loose with historical fact. But his efforts to capture the miseries endured by the Victorian working classes ring true. In this story, squalor stalks every page.

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