“Malcolmson, almost in a chill of horror, turned slowly round, and then he began to shake and tremble like a man in a palsy. His strength seemed to have left him, and he was incapable of action or movement, hardly even of thought. He could only see and hear.”
We’re back in Washington DC. Yes that’s right, that place: The world’s centre of excellence for political skullduggery (see The West Wing/Veep/CNN), a town once upon a time dubbed America’s “murder capital”, a city boasting summers so sizzling hot that you could fry an egg on the sidewalk (if you had an egg), and a place noted as having “the charm of the north and the efficiency of the south” (Pres. John F Kennedy).