->''You don't send a gentleman to catch vermin. You send Hawkwood.''
Matthew Hawkwood is the hero of a series of historical mystery novels by James [=McGee=].
The Hawkwood novels historical novels are set during the Regency period, when Britain was at war with Napoleon. The hero, Matthew Hawkwood, is working as a Bow Street Runner, an early investigative officer working out of London's Bow Street Magistrates' Court. He is called upon to solve a number of civil crimes, including murder, body-snatching and highway robbery, but his previous military experience makes him ably suited to investigate issues of national security.
Hawkwood has a complicated back-story, which is touched upon at various stages of the novels. He once served as an officer in the 95th Rifles, but was cashiered after he killed a fellow officer in a duel. With Wellington's intervention he was spared a court-martial, and instead joined the Spanish Guerrilleros, liaising with the British intelligence officer Colquhoun Grant. It is Grant's influence that enables Hawkwood to get a job at Bow Street on his return to England.
[=McGee=]'s creation of Hawkwood's past was deliberate, as he wanted a hero who was "at home in both the military and criminal worlds".
Much of the action within the novels is inspired by historical events. The plot of ''Ratcatcher'' centres around the secret development of the first submarines by American Robert Fulton, then working for the French. ''Resurrectionist'' is darker, reflecting the underworld of "resurrectionists" who stole bodies to supply the anatomy schools of London, and the experimentation of early (and illegal) organ transplant and resuscitation. ''Rapscallion'' focuses on French prisoners-of-war upon the prison hulks.
The novels in the Hawkwood series (so far) are:
* ''Ratcatcher'' (2006)
* ''Resurrectionist'' (2007)
* ''Rapscallion'' (2008)
* ''Rebellion'' (2011)
!!The Hawkwood novels contain examples of:
* BadassLongCoat: Hawkwood frequently wears a long riding coat, even when not on horseback.
* BedlamHouse: Bethlem Royal, the original Bedlam, features prominently in ''Resurrectionist'' in all its hellish glory. The place creeps Hawkwood out.
* BodybagTrick: This is how Hawkwood and Lassuer are smuggled off the prison hulk in ''Rapscallion''.
* TheCityNarrows: Jack Ketch's Warren, the neighbourhood that Jago calls home.
* CombatPragmatist; Pretty much everyone. Hawkwood himself seems particularly enamored of the GroinAttack.
* CowboyCop: Hawkwood
* DaChief: Chief Magistrate James Read
* DeathByMaterialism: In ''Rapscallion'', [[spoiler:Morgan. He attempts to escape from his ship wearing a waistcoat filled with gold guineas. Hawkwood says he'll allow him to escape, but not by boat; he'll have to swim. Then he shoves him off the side.]]
* DisposableSexWorker: Molly Finn in ''Resurrectionist''.
* EvilAlbino: Matisse in ''Rapscallion''.
* FinalBattle: Several tropes related to this pop up in ''Resurrectionist'', and all of them are justified.
** HonorBeforeReason: [[spoiler:Hyde tosses Hawkwood a weapon so he can have a fair fight. He is both a)honorable, and b)insane.]]
** LeaveHimToMe: [[spoiler:Jago needs to stay behind to guard the other perp.]]
** WhyDontYouJustShootHim: [[spoiler:Hawkwood tries, and his gun misfires. Just before he kills Hyde, he explains what he's going to do. Hyde is exactly the sort of person who would listen to a medically-interesting subject at that time, and if he makes a move Hawkwood will just kill him anyway.]]
* FreakierThanFiction: [=McGee=] mentions in the afterword of ''Resurrectionist'' that he decided to leave certain elements of the story out, lest he be accused of making stuff up. Specifically, people taking preserved loved ones and placing them in their bedrooms or living rooms.
* GraveRobbing: ''Resurrectionist''
* AHandfulForAnEye: Hawkwood pulls this trick during his duel against the Marmeluke in ''Rapscallion''.
* HandicappedBadass: Colonel Lomax
* HellholePrison: The hulks in ''Rapscallion''.
* TheHighwayman: ''Ratcatcher'' opens with a pair of highwaymen robbing a coach and killing a naval messenger.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: In ''Resurrectionist'', Hyde makes several remarkably correct predictions about the future of medicine, forseeing such things as organ transplants.
* LockingMacgyverInTheStoreCupboard: In ''Rapscallion'', [[spoiler:Hawkwood and Lasseur are able to escape using items they find in the cellar in which they are imprisoned.]]
* MadDoctor: Colonel Titus Hyde in ''Resurrectionist''
* MataHari: [[spoiler: Catherine de Varesne]] in ''Ratcatcher''
* PetTheDog: When we first meet ''Rapscallion'''s Morgan, he's helping to deliver a foal. He also has two actual dogs. [[spoiler:Later on, he kills the one of them in anger.]]
* PocketProtector: The tipstaff Hawkwood was carrying in his coat turns aside a sword blade in ''Resurrectionist''.
* PrisonShip: The hulks in ''Rapscallion''.
* PursuedProtagonist: The prologue to novel ''Rapscallion'' features Lieutenant Sark being chased through the marshes by unknown pursuers with dogs. He does not survive the experience. [[spoiler:Lasseur and Hawkwood end up in a similar situation, and make it out.]]
* ScarSurvey: Catherine conducts one on Hawkwood in ''Ratcatcher''.
* SubStory: ''Ratcatcher''
* SwordCane: Colonel Hyde wields one to lethal effect in ''Resurrectionist''.
* TenPacesAndTurn: Hawkwood fights a traditional pistol duel at dawn in ''Ratcatcher''.
* ThereAreNoRules: Matisse says this when Hawkwood asks what the rules are for the duel in ''Rapscallion''.
* TheyHaveTheScent: Hawkwood and Lassuer are hunted using dogs in ''Rapscallion''.
* UndergroundRailroad: In ''Rapscallion'', Hawkwood has to infiltrate and shut down an underground railroad that is smuggling French [=POWs=] out of England.