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Bow Street Runner’s grisly exploits

The Last Days Of Newgate, by Andrew Pepper, Orion Books, €14.70.

29th July, 2006

The Last Days Of Newgate, by Andrew Pepper, Orion Books, €14.70.

Pyke, the antihero of Queen’s lecturer Andrew Pepper’s first novel, is a Bow Street Runner, one of the predecessors of Robert Peel’s London police.

He is an unsavoury type, who spends his time searching for ‘‘dollymops’’ - jobbing prostitutes - to service his sexual demands, and who is himself as likely as not to be the thief whose...

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