Joycey Becket runs a second-hand bookstore in the seedier part of Greenwich in London. Never too worried about the legality of some of the material that comes his way, he is offered and purchases a strange 17th century manuscript. Suspecting that the document, with its curious map, may be the key to unlocking a real 300-year old pirate mystery, Joycey and his two companions set to work. The consequence is a brutal murder and increasing violence as they pursue the meaning of the letter. The story behind 'The Wapping Conspiracy' is based on a genuine historical incident and suggests the answer to a pirate mystery that has puzzled historians and treasure hunters for centuries. Richard Thomas's book is based on years of research and refers to real historical material and characters.
Richard Thomas is the pen name of historian and former museum curator Tom Wareham. He has published a number of books on naval history etc. 'The Wapping Conspiracy' emerged as a by-product of years of research into the story of Captain Kidd. It makes use of genuine documents from the late-17th century to immerse the reader in an authentic historical mystery and the hunt for its solution.