Early one morning, Thomas Pitt, dauntless mainstay of the
Special Branch, is summoned to Long Spoon Lane, where
anarchists are plotting an attack. Bombs explode,
destroying the homes of many poor people. After a chase,
two of the culprits are captured and the leader is shot ...
but by whom?
As Pitt delves into the case, he finds that
there is more to the terrorism than the destructive
gestures of misguided idealists. The police are running a
lucrative protection racket, and clues suggest that
Inspector Wetron of Bow Street is the mastermind. As the
shadowy leader of the Inner Circle, Wetron is using his
influence with the press to whip up fears of more attacks -
and to rush a bill through Parliament that would severely
curtail civil liberties. This would make him the most
powerful man in the country.
To defeat Wetron, Pitt finds
that he must run in harness with his old enemy, Sir Charles
Voisey, and the unlikely allies are joined by Pitt's clever
wife, Charlotte, and her great aunt, Lady Vespasia Cumming-
Gould. As they strive to prevent future destruction,
nothing less than the fate of the British Empire hangs in
precarious balance. Can they prevail?