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?

A knockout conclusion . . . Series devotees will be thrilled” Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Leeds, 1920. Chief Constable Tom Harper of Leeds City Police has just six weeks left in the role before his well-earned retirement. But even though his distinguished forty-year career is ending, the crime and mayhem on the city’s streets continues.

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 discreetly. Elsewhere, masked, armed robbers are targeting jewellery shops in the city, and an organized gang of shoplifters is set to descend on Leeds. As events threaten to spiral out of control, Harper battles to restore justice and order to the streets of Leeds one last time.


“A knockout conclusion that showcases Nickson’s unique blend of intricate plotting and well-rounded character development. Series devotees will be thrilled”

Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“An excellent procedural . . . [that] ties up all the loose ends and breaks your heart”

Kirkus Reviews Starred Review

“Magnificent . . . A riveting, very human, very heartbreaking story”


“One of the monuments of historical crime fiction . . . the last book is among the best of the lot”

Morning Star

“Superb . . . A thought-provoking, powerful page-turner”

Mystery People

“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

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

Hardback97814483117985th September 2023145 X 225mm240$31.99
Hardback97814483117985th September 2023145 X 225mm240£21.99
Ebook97814483120925th September 2023N/A224$24.99
Ebook97814483120925th September 2023N/A224£20.99
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