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The Butcher's Block

Lucienne Boyce

A Dan Foster Mystery book 2

The Butcher's Block

New title

£10.99

ISBN 9781781326763

Published Aug 2017

paperback
203 x 133mm (246 pages)

"It was that sheer, pointless brutality that had given Dan the clue to who had committed the crime. A few foul taverns and quaking informants later his hunch had been confirmed: a known low-life was back in town and as mean as ever. Dan had tracked his quarry down to the Old Alehouse in Chick Lane, on the edge of St Andrew’s Parish, one of the most dangerous streets in London. The Old Alehouse was its foul heart, the place where all its wickedness concentrated, the haunt of the most vicious thieves, murderers and prostitutes."

During a routine patrol, police arrest two men in possession of human body parts intended for sale to the dissecting rooms of a London teaching hospital. Bow Street Runner and amateur pugilist Dan Foster makes the grisly discovery that they are the remains of fellow officer George Kean. The arrested men are charged with Kean’s murder, but Dan is not convinced that they are the killers. In pursuit of the real murderer, he investigates the unhallowed activities of the resurrection men – bodysnatchers.

The bodysnatching racket soon leads Dan to something bigger and much more dangerous. In a treacherous underworld of vicious pugilists, ruthless murderers, British spymasters and French agents, Dan must tread carefully…or meet the same terrible fate as Kean.

The Butcher’s Block is the second Dan Foster Mystery. Bloodie Bones, the first in the series, was joint winner of the Historical Novel Society Indie Award 2016.


Praise for Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery

"Bloodie Bones is a terrific novel and was very difficult to put down… I loved this book, highly recommend it, and eagerly await the second Dan Foster mystery.”

Historical Novel Society (Joint Winner, Historical Novel Society Indie Award, 2016)

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