The TorchbearersA.J. Hall
The Torchbearers is a novella crossing the worlds of Mary Renault’s North Face and The Charioteer with Dorothy L. Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey stories.
September, 1946. An airman’s body washed up on a beach brings Lord Peter and Harriet to Barlock, Somerset. To Lord Peter, the dead pilot represents unfinished business. He is the latest in a series of deaths linked to “X”, a shadowy figure who uses his connections within Bridstow’s close-knit homosexual community to extort military intelligence from vulnerable men in high-level roles. A chance encounter with an old college acquaintance hands Harriet a loose end which may have the power to unravel all X’s intrigues.
Warnings: The author chooses not to warn.
Advisory: Period- and source-consistent attitudes to and depictions of homosexuality, gratuitous use of Polari.
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