The setting is Victorian London in the 1890 s and centres round a gang of petty criminals of which the Toff is a member. The Toff whose real name is Jack Stevens is the main character of the story, he is called The Toff because of his stylish attire. He is always accompanied by his cat Amber. The leader of the gang Joseph Binn, is invited by two mysterious strangers to join in a daring robbery. The story now shifts to the offices of government. The Prime Minister is faced with a problem, his Home Secretary is angry with the Foreign Secretary who continually interferes in the Home Secretary s departmental matters. The Prime Minister forbids anymore interference by the Foreign Secretary into other departments. The Foreign Secretary is approached by a mysterious stranger in the case of an innocent man facing the gallows. If he helps save the condemned man, the stranger will give him details of a big robbery. The execution is delayed with the intervention of the Foreign Secretary. Only with luck is the Toff led to stumble onto the true significance of the robbery and it s far more sinister intent. The foul plot is foiled and in the end Binn, the Toff and the rest of the gang are justly rewarded for their efforts.
R J Davin was born in Sydney in 1946, after leaving school he joined the Post Office and then joined Telstra, after many years in administration in Telstra he retired. He has traveled throughout Australia and in the past two years visited South Korea; he visited the Demilitarized zone and found the atmosphere eerie. He is currently writing a novel which takes place during the Korean War. He has been writing all his life, he is interested in everything, politics, history, humour and world events and loves to read and write. He has published 4 books in the past few years, 3 comedies and one novel on WWI. This book is available on Amazon.com. His comedy novels were inspired by the English Ealing comedy of the fifties, while his novel on WWI, The Worst Day was inspired by the film, Paths of Glory directed by Stanley Kubrick. His humorous novels The Toff , A Haddington Manifestation and Manners Manor are all set in Victorian England of the 1890 s and are filled with quirky characters and good plot lines. A Haddington Manifestation and The Toff are available on Amazon.com. He enjoys a good book and he hopes the books he is writing will be read and enjoyed by a wide audience.