1823. Leeds is tight in the grip of winter, but the cold bites deeper for thief-taker Simon Westow and his young assistant Jane when the body of petty local crook Laurence Poole is revealed by the melting snow at Flay Cross Mill. Just a fortnight before they’d cornered him and retrieved items that he’d stolen. In Poole’s room, Simon discovers a coded notebook that mentions Charlie Harker, the most notorious fence in Leeds, along with three mysterious words: To the dark. But Harker’s now running for his life, and Simon needs to find out why Poole was murdered. The hunt pits him against some powerful, dangerous enemies who will happily kill him in a heartbeat – if they can.