Richman Poorman Beggarman Thief
Four Dark Tales. Book Two of the Tinker Tailor series.
The Richman has amassed great wealth by loathsome means. An unusual stone arrives and he is assailed by a supernatural adversary.
The Poorman’s parents were custodians of a poisoned treasure. The son steals a pair of magic armbands and achieves dazzling success before fate turns against him and against the Empire.
The Beggarman can see the undead. When a young woman asks for his help, he is drawn into a Victorian world of warfare and murder.
The Greatest Thief in the World is going straight, but is plunged into a high-stakes kidnapping conspiracy with no easy way out.