A Cold Wind Down the Grey
Based on a True Crime Story
by Wendy M. Wilson
Pub Date 1 Feb 2019
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Greymouth, New Zealand, 1866: The Burgess gang is heading towards town, and a young surveyor from one of the country's leading families has vanished. Inspector James is preparing for trouble.
In the goldmining town of Greymouth, where drunks fall asleep smoking and burn down their houses, the town is constantly inundated with floods, and fifty-seven hotels have sprung up in a year to accommodate the hordes of miners and gold thieves, Inspector William Henry James is tasked with keeping the town safe with a small force of troopers.
In 1888, forced into retirement by government cuts, James walks home beside the Whanganui River remembering his association with a series of murders by the notorious Burgess gang: back in 1866 he had forced the gang to leave Greymouth. The gang took a steamer up to Nelson and within days killed five men on the Maungatapu Track. Soon after, Inspector James discovered the body of a young surveyor, George Dobson, murdered by Burgess and his crew. The gang was gone, but one guilty man remained, and James was determined to bring him to trial. The events that transpired haunted him for the rest of his life.
"Wendy Wilson writes beautifully and subtly about bad men who did bad things, as well as those who struggled to bring them to justice. In A Cold Wind Down the Grey, the past, in all its complicated allure and nasty intrigue, seems to appear on the page fully-formed, so that we can live inside it for a while -- for good or for naught." Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall, author, Hungover: One Man's Quest for the Cure
Wendy Wilson's passion for her subject shines through in this well-researched, immensely readable novel. Linda Burgess, author, Historic Houses: A Visitors Guide to 65 Early New Zealand Homes