Rusted Souls
by Chris Nickson

Retirement beckons for Chief Constable Tom Harper. Can he stop a spiralling crime spree involving love letters, robbery and murder before he hangs up his boots for good?

Leeds, 1920. Chief Constable Tom Harper of Leeds City Police has just six weeks left in the role before his well-earned retirement. But although his distinguished career is coming to an end, the crime and mayhem on the city’s streets shows no sign of stopping.

Council leader Alderman Thompson is being blackmailed. He wants Harper to find the love letters he sent to a young woman called Charlotte Radcliffe and return them quietly, while elsewhere, masked robbers are targeting jewellery shops in the city. As events threaten to spiral out of control, Harper uncovers disturbing links between Alderman’s predicament and the crime spree. Can he restore justice and order to the streets of Leeds one last time?


“Nickson does his usual superb job of evoking the period and . . . reinforces his place in the front rank of historical mystery authors”

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of A Dark Steel Death

Highlighting the terrible effects of war and featuring a good balance of
historical ambience . . . this one is a sure bet for the PBS crowd, who love their British historical mysteries

Booklist on A Dark Steel Death

“A gritty police procedural with well-drawn characters”

Kirkus Reviews on A Dark Steel Death

“A fast-paced, thrilling read”

Yorkshire Bylines on A Dark Steel Death

“An engaging central character and an author who uses a light touch to convincingly recreate a place and period”

Morning Star

“Nickson does a superb job using the grim living and working conditions for the city’s poor as a backdrop for a memorable and affecting plot. James Ellroy fans will be enthralled”

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of The Blood Covenant

“A realistic, well-written historical procedural that will draw fans of Charles Todd's Ian Rutledge mysteries”

Booklist on Brass Lives

“Solid . . . a convincing portrait of pre-WWI Leeds. Historical procedural fans will be pleased”

Publishers Weekly on Brass Lives

“Harper’s ninth case is an excellent mystery buoyed by characters you care about”

Kirkus Reviews on Brass Lives

“Superior . . . Even minor characters are fully fleshed out in this trip down the mean streets of early 20th-century Leeds. Nickson’s consistent high quality across multiple series continues to impress”

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of The Molten City

Chris Nickson

Chris Nickson is the author of eleven Tom Harper mysteries, seven highly acclaimed novels in the Richard Nottingham series, and five Simon Westow books. Born and raised in Leeds, he moved back there some years ago.

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Rusted Souls by Chris Nickson is available in the following formats

Ebook97814483120925th September 2023N/A224$14.99
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