A Whitbread Award-winning mystery about a young boy lost in Victorian London, pursued by bloodthirsty thieves, desperate to solve the mystery of the man his father wronged
What is the matter with old Mr. Jones? Endless footsteps and low groans can be heard from his room in the dead of night. Only his son William knows the a terrible secret: his father betrayed his business partner Mr. Diamond, and swindled him out of a great fortune. William resolves to go to London, find Mr. Diamond and make amends. But the murky big city, with its sinister characters and treacherous back streets, is no place for a boy of 12. And Mr. Diamond's own son is not the sort of person to forgive and forget. Danger and deceit lie waiting. Exclusive material in the back of the book teaches young readers more about the wonderful author as well as how to have fun with some Cockney rhyming slang.
"A brilliant, witty and gripping adventure" Times Educational Supplement "It is a fine thing that Leon Garfield's rip-roaring and funny tales should be brought back into circulation for a new generation of readers" -- Joan Aiken
Leon Garfield (1921-1996) was the acclaimed author of more than 30 novels for children and adults, and he scripted Shakespeare: The Animated Tales, which appeared on HBO. His books incldue including Devil in the Fog, winner of the inaugural Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize in 1967 and The God Beneath the Sea, winner of the 1970 Carnegie Medal.