Gaslight and Fog
Copyright 2016 by Deanna Madden
Cover design by SelfPubBookCovers.com/diversepixel
This book is available in print at most on-line retailers.
Smashwords Edition, License Notes
This ebook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. It may not be re-sold or given away to other people. If you would like to share this book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each recipient. If you’re reading this book and did not purchase it, or it was not purchased for your use only, then please return to your favorite ebook retailer and purchase your own copy. Thank you for respecting the hard work of this author.
Flying Dutchman Press
There were at least twenty of them as they came around the corner into Petticoat Lane following their tour guide, a man with shaggy grey hair wearing a black lined jacket against the chill night air. They were a hodgepodge of different nationalities, men and women of all ages, docilely trailing behind the guide but chatting with each other as they went. At least one, a reed-thin young woman in high boots and a long brown sweater, was talking on her cell phone and not paying much attention. Before rounding the corner, the guide had warned them that the area was unpredictable, dangerous even, known for low-lifes, pickpockets, and the occasional obstreperous drunk, so they should look sharp and stay close. Sure enough, as the group eddied sluggishly around the corner, a young man with a cigarette clamped between his lips leaned out of a second story window above them and dropped a bottle of cheap wine, which struck the head of a woman in the crowd, knocking her to the pavement unconscious and scattering the others like a flock of frightened birds.