(From the publisher):
Young William Bentley, survivor of the bloody Welfare
mutiny, reluctantly resumes his naval career as an officer on the press tender Biter
.The Impress Service is the most reviled part of the Navy - carrying on the legal kidnapping of seamen to fill His Majesty's war-strapped ships.
Bentley's earlier experiences have stripped away his last traces of innocence, but his service in the London River - surrounded by corruption and greed - teaches him new lessons about the darker side of city life. When the Biter is re-assigned to combat the "wicked trade" of smuggling, Bentley is caught up in the investigation of the murder of two customs officers!
Original title: The Wicked Trade
Genre: Fiction→ Adventure→ Military and Naval Adventure