It's 1828. The Running Patterer (colonial Sydney's best known itinerant newshawker) has just solved a series of gruesome murders when a group of unknowns pulls off a daring bank heist. Reluctantly, the Patterer is dragged into crime detection once more - and soon there are more murders to add to his list.
Sydney 1828. All is not well. The young settlement is shaken by a daring bank robbery and a spate of murders. At the Governor's command, Nicodemus Dunne - a disgraced London thief-taker who is now the Running Patterer, a news-hawker roaming the streets of Sydney - sets out to discover the truth. The evidence points - amazingly - to none other than Napoleon Bonaparte! Could the old enemy of the British have escaped death and come to the colony, where he is preparing to seek his revenge? But who is aiding this phantom and how can he be stopped? Why are Dunne's closest friends involved? Is an exotic American singer stealing more than hearts? Both thrilling and hugely enjoyable, The Ghost of Waterloo will keep you guessing right to its dramatic conclusion.
Veteran Sydney journalist Robin Adair
has had a wide and colourful career at the Daily and Sunday Telegraphs, the Australian Financial Review and the ABC. For many years he reflected on the lighter side of life in a humorous column for the Australian Women's Weekly. He has been a lifelong student of early colonial history, especially police, pubs, crime and punishment. One of his ancestors was an early Sydney police superintendent; he believes another was a London judge who sent many convicts to Australia. His first novel, Death and the Running Patterer, won the inaugural Penguin's Most Wanted competition for new Australian crime fiction and was short-listed in the Best First Fiction category of the 2010 Ned Kelly Awards. His second novel is The Ghost of Waterloo.