Home | Books | Tom Wasp and the Newgate Knocker

Tom Wasp and the Newgate Knocker

By Amy Myers

When chimney sweep Tom Wasp visits his friend Eliza Hogg in Newgate Prison in January 1863, on the day before she is due to be hanged, he is surprised to be given the only thing of value she possesses-and even more surprised when that turns out to be a pawn ticket.

Tom’s apprentice, twelve-year-old Ned, is disappointed that the pawned item was only a scruffy sailor doll. Some days later however, they find its hidden secret…

That secret not only sets the two most notorious gangs of London’s East End, the Rat Mob and the Nichol Gang, at each other’s throats, but brings about a tense international situation at a time when the Prince of Wales is about to marry a Danish princess. When Dinah, the daughter of the leader of the Rat Mob, is found murdered, Tom resolves to find her killer for the sake of his friend, her sister Jemima. Helped by Ned and the self-appointed Bug Destroyer to Her Majesty, the redoubtable Mr Chuckwick, Tom pursues the trail through dangerous waters until he reaches the frightening truth behind two murders and the motives for them.

Related by Tom himself, this gripping historical mystery takes the reader back to the squalor of nineteenth-century East London dockland, as he grapples his way through the fog to the truth.

Contact Lume Books | Lume Books

Say Hello

Learn more about how to contact us.

This site uses cookies.
ConfigureHide Options
Read our privacy policy

This site uses cookies for marketing, personalisation, and analysis purposes. You can opt out of this at any time or view our full privacy policy for more information.