Eddie LaCrosse is a sword for hire, however it isn’t his sword fighting that pays the bills but his skills at detection. He’s a man that can’t be bought, and yet Eddie is filled with guilt from a mistake that has marked him for life and sent him from his homeland. Eddie never expected to return to his homeland until an urgent request for help arrives.
PI Jack Reilly is short on cash so when Bucky, a friend of Jack’s incarcerated brother, wants to meet with the investigator Jack goes against his better judgment and agrees. Unfortunately, Jack made the wrong decision because Bucky is a blackmailer and wants Jack to be the backup for the information so the victim of the blackmail couldn’t just kill Bucky and have the information die with Bucky. Jack doesn’t want anything to do with it, but it’s too late – Bucky gets murdered and the information is on its way to Jack.
DK publishing is famous for books filled with great photographs and concise explanations especially in their Eyewitness series, and now they have undertaken concepts in The Philosophy Book and The Psychology Book where big ideas are simply explained.
Inspector Little was found in a trunk murdered with his eyes and mouth sewn shut. It’s a grisly scene, but that doesn’t compare to Jack the Ripper’s killings that have just recently ended. With a city still on edge, Inspector Walter Day with only a week on the job is assigned to the case, and he gets help from an unlikely place: Dr. Bernard Kingsley who is not officially a part of Scotland Yard but a part of the new science of forensic pathology.
A sadistic serial killer, Homer Gibbon, was executed for his crimes, but Homer didn’t stay dead. The prison doctor wants Homer to suffer so the doctor injects Homer with a drug that would keep his mind alive. Homer would be buried and later would regain consciousness and then die in a nightmare deep in the ground, but instead his body was sent elsewhere and not immediately buried. In a small town in Pennsylvania, Homer woke up very hungry.
It’s 1937 and a parent’s worst nightmare comes true in Peking when the mutilated body of a British teenager, Pamela Werner, is found. The city is already on edge as Japan prepares to take over. Peking has also been in decline and has become a mix of refugees, brothels, opium dens, and the last of the foreigners and diplomats. Scandal and corruption is rampant.