It was a puzzle that faced Scotland Yard from its very beginning — whose was the
limbless body found among the foundations? And in the murderous world of Sholto Lestrade,
one question is invariably followed by another — what do a lecherous rector, a devious
speculator and plagiaristic novelist have in common? Answer: they're all dead, each
of them with a bloody space where his skull used to be. And six others are to join
them before our intrepid inspector brings the perpetrator to book.
But 1886 was a bad year for the Metropolitan Police. The People of the Abyss have
heard the whisper and the spectre of Communism haunts the land. There is a new Commissioner,
a regular martinet, at the Yard. And then, there is that very odd couple, sometime
of Baker Street...
Lestrade braves haunted houses, machine-gun bullets and two Home Secretaries in his
headlong hunt for the truth. And at last, this is the book that chronicles his now
legendary impersonation of the Great Sarah Bernhardt. The Police Revue was never
the same again.