Summer 1882 – The murder of Ezra Dawson, a footman employed by Sir Philip Randall, at first appears to be the result of a drunken brawl that occurred late at night in an alleyway beside a Clapham tavern. Chief Inspector Riley Rochester and Sergeant Salter suspect darker motives when they discover that Ezra had been romantically involved with his employer’s wife, a situation that held the potential to embarrass Sir Philip and his grown children. He had also put himself at odds with local criminal kingpins by establishing an illegal sporting club in the Clapham district.
With half the females south of the Thames mourning Ezra’s demise, all the males in Sir Philip’s employ pleased to see the back of him, and some of Ezra’s own family members harbouring grudges against the favoured son, the case proves to be anything other than straightforward. Riley and Salter are misled and misdirected at every turn, leaving them with a plethora of suspects and few answers.
Which of those suspects had the most compelling reason to murder Ezra and can Riley and Salter find the evidence to bring those responsible to justice…