Roy Lewis nous conte de façon humoristique les efforts de nos ancêtres les primates dans leur lutte acharnée pour la survie et la prospérité de l'espèce. Ces ancêtres se trouvent à la croisée des chemins, face à une nature hostile et à une foule de prédateurs. Un tournant de l'évolution qu'il est crucial de négocier en douceur sous peine d'extinction. C'est ce moment que choisit Edouard, hominien à l'esprit éclairé, pour découvrir le feu.
As his rise in the legal profession accelerates, Edwin James seeks to further enhance his prospects by obtaining a seat in Parliament. However, James finds that he must first act as an election agent in what is quickly seen as the most corrupt election in mid-Victorian England. In spite of the powerful backing of senior politicians, including Prime Minister Lord Palmerston, he finds himself still dogged by old scandals and unforgiving enemies.
In the eyes of solicitor Eric Ward, there was something odd about Arthur Egan's life and death. Egan's estate comprised a large sum, to go to an heir no one knew he had. Egan had served a term for manslaughter committed during an armed robbery on Lord Morcomb's estate. Indications were that the evidence against him had been planted. The present Lord Morcomb was facing heavy death duties, and Ward's firm had to advise how these could be handled.
Edwin James reaches the height of his professional career in law when, on the brink of being knighted, legal scandals and debt force him to flee England with his new bride and attempt a new career in America. He finds himself recruited into Colonel Lafayette Baker's Secret Detective Service, investigating Fenian activity in New York's hellhole, the Five Point.
Charlie Rutland specialized in scandal hunting. As a journalist at a smart magazine, his job was to search out anything that could be turned into a good smear story. Then, while carrying out some 'investigations' in Yorkshire, his career came to an abrupt and violent end. Inspector Crow, skeletal as ever, arrives from Scotland Yard to find a formidable task awaiting him.
DCI Cardinal's plans to smash the gang of his old adversary Gus Clifford are thwarted by the discovery of a dead man in Northumberland. He assigns DS Grout to investigate the murder while he continues to lead the hunt for Clifford. Grout's investigation begins at Hadrian's Wall, but a second murder leads both men to the centre of an international art-smuggling organization on the Bodensee.
The arrival of Malaysian businessman Simon Chan in the north-east brings the prospect of business for Morcomb Estates and an assignment for solicitor Eric Ward: find the missing executive Harry Staughton. At the same time, the merchant bank on whose board he reluctantly sits asks him to investigate an aggressive takeover bid against their clients, Artaros SA. Neither task is clear cut.
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