The Case of the Deadly Desperados (The P K Pinkerton Mysteries #1)
Virginia City in 1862 is a mining camp sitting above a rich vein of silver in America’s Wild West. It’s a dangerous place, full of gamblers, hurdy girls and gunmen – all of them on the make!
When twelve year-old P.K. Pinkerton arrives there, homeless, penniless and hunted, things don’t look good. But P.K. soon finds allies in Sam Clemens, a newspaper reporter, Poker Face Jace, a gambler who can tell when someone is bluffing, and Ping, a Chinese photographer’s apprentice. With the help of these friends – and armed with a Smith & Wesson seven-shooter and a knack for disguises – P.K. takes on the tricksters and desperados and tries to become a detective.
Caroline Lawrence is American. She lives with her husband by the river in London and is active as a speaker in schools and at book festivals. She took part in the British Museum's POMPEII LIVE event, giving talks that were streamed to schools all over the UK, and she is the winner of the 2009 CLASSICS ASSOCIATION PRIZE for 'a significant contribution to the public understanding of Classics'. In addition to the 17 novels in the ROMAN MYSTERIES sequence, Caroline Lawrence has written five spin-off titles, all of which have contributed to total UK sales in excess of 1 million copies.