The Darkest Walk
By (author) Malcolm Archibald
Set in 1848, Darkest Walk of Crime sees recently promoted Detective Mendick sent on his first case. Disturbing new evidence suggests the working class Chartist movement is seeking violent action after years of oppression and the defeat in Parliament of its plans for social and political reforms. With the spectre of civil war looming, Mendick goes undercover in the heart of Britain’s industrial region – Manchester. He struggles with his loyalties when his sympathies are awoken by the plight of the working classes and the beautiful and enigmatic Chartist, Rachel Scott. But Mendick discovers there is more to the case than he has been led to believe. Soon he becomes wrapped up in a conspiracy that threatens to tear the country apart, and in unravelling this darkest walk of crime will take a perilous journey to the hub of British society.
Born in Edinburgh and with a history degree from Dundee University, Malcolm has worked as a lecturer and in historical research as well as in a variety of other jobs. He writes mainly historical fiction with the occasional venture into folklore and believes that history should be accessible to everyone. A winner of The Dundee Book Prize 2005, he has published several novels with us. Among the most notable are Powerstone and Mother Law. Malcolm lives in Moray with his wife Cathy.