By Allen Makepeace
Published: July 20, 2011.
In a bleak winter. a young girl and a cashiered army officer are sought by a fearsome criminal gang. The author, a historian, takes readers into sordid inns, dank prisons, workhouses and squalid tenements and introduces them to the many colourful characters who people this adventure tale: law-breakers and law-makers, quack doctors, actors and that coolest of killers, the monstrous Teddy Kellett.