Publisher description for The Traitors' Gate / Avi.

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John Huffam is sure the tall man's beard is false. He's sure of little else in

November 1849, the year he is fourteen, the year his father is sentenced to

London's Whitecross Street Prison.

Maybe the man following John -- who claims to be one Inspector Copperfield --

can explain why. Surely, Pa isn't prepared to reveal the truth, any more than

the jovial bailiff, Mr. Tuckum, who knows something, but remains mum. Or the

little Frenchman, Mr. Farquatt, who courts John's sister but seems most keen on

Pa's work at the Naval Ordinance Office. Or Mr. O'Doul, the Irishman who

insists Pa owes him the unimaginable sum of three hundred pounds.

Or what of the one-legged, single-mindedly fierce Sergeant Muldspoon, John's

teacher? What about the boy's great-great-aunt, Lady Euphemia Huffam, who could

pay the debt but won't for reasons of her own? What about the secretive Mr.

Snugsbe of All Hallows Church, who hides himself away in the City's most

voluminous coat?

Then there's Chief Inspector Ratchet of Scotland Yard, who is after somebody

for some crime or other. True, John has a new friend and ally in Sary the

Sneak...but what has even she got up her sleeve? What John learns on his own is

that there's a traitor on the loose, somewhere. And he must uncover the

villain -- no matter who it might be.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Spies -- Fiction.
Poverty -- Fiction.
Family life -- London (England) -- Fiction.
London (England) -- History -- 1800-1950 -- Fiction.
Great Britain -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Mystery and detective stories.