The year is 1924. The streets of St. James ring with jazz as Britain races forward into an age of peace and prosperity. London's back alleys, however, are filled with broken soldiers and still shadowed by the lingering horrors of the Great War.
Only a few years removed from the trenches of Flanders himself, Lieutenant Eric Peterkin has just been granted membership in the most prestigious soldiers-only club in London: the Britannia. But when a gentleman's wager ends with a member stabbed to death, the victim's last words echo in the lieutenant's head: that he would "Soon right a great wrong from the past."
Eric is certain one of his fellow members is the murderer. But who? Captain Mortimer Wolf, the soldier's soldier thrice escaped from German custody? Second Lieutenant Oliver Saxon, the brilliant codebreaker? Or Captain Edward Aldershott, the steely club president whose Savile Row suits hide a frightening collision of mustard gas scars?
Eric's investigation will draw him far from the marbled halls of the Britannia to the shadowy remains of a dilapidated war hospital and the heroin dens of Limehouse. As the facade of gentlemenhood cracks, Eric faces a Matryoshka doll of murder, vice, and secrets pointing not only to the officers of his own club, but to the very investigator assigned by Scotland Yard.
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About the Author
Raphael Corkhill grew up in central London and attended the renowned Eton College before moving to the United States to attend Princeton University, after which he completed his MFA acting degree at the University of Southern California. Raphael's recent credits include the Los Angeles Theatre Center's production of Short Eyes, A Happy End at the Museum of Tolerance, and Luke Eberl's latest film, The Movie. Raphael's voice-over work includes the Weinstein Company's upcoming feature Lawless and the award-winning short film Wrecks and Violins.