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Gallows Thief

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‘Bernard Cornwell is a literary miracle. Year after year, hail, rain, snow, war and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of his generation…Cornwell at his best is utterly compelling. And this is Cornwell at his best.’ Daily Mail

‘Page for page, sentence for sentence, scene for heart-stopping scene GALLOWS THIEF is the strongest historical novel I have read this year…he tells a cracking yarn and fills it with vivid characters and writes crisp dialogue and gets the period detail right..it is hard to stop reading…it is masterly.’ Sunday Telegraph

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1820s Britain: after the wars with France, when unemployment was high and soldiers could be paid off, when the government was desperately afraid of social unrest, any crime was drastically punished and thousands were hung. Les mer

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1820s Britain: after the wars with France, when unemployment was high and soldiers could be paid off, when the government was desperately afraid of social unrest, any crime was drastically punished and thousands were hung. But one could petition the King and an investigation might ensue...


The man in the dark cell in Newgate Prison was due to hang in a week. He had been found guilty of murdering the aristocrat whose portrait he was painting. He claimed to be innocent - but then the hangman had never hung a guilty man, he said. But even in 1820, the Home Secretary could occasionally use his powers to grant mercy if his investigator found cause and Rider Sandman, once of the First Foot Guards, is given the job.


Rider Sandman, a hero of Waterloo, has family debts to repay but when his first steps in the investigations produce a sizeable bribe to look the other way, this only arouses his smouldering anger over the condition of England, a country which he and others in Wellington's army had fought to preserve. Stepping between gentlemen's clubs and taverns, talking to aristocrats, fashionable painters, their models, and their mistresses, dodging professional cut-throats and deceptive swordsmen, Sandman uncovers a conspiracy of silence, a group whose proudest boast was that they would do anything for any one of them.


Sandman is a wonderful character, as yet undaunted by the sleazy streets, dank jails or the looming scaffold, and uncorrupted by politicians, sneering gentlemen or frightening bruisers, an investigator in the making and a brilliant, but very different, hero for all Bernard Cornwell fans.

Detaljer

Forlag
HarperCollins
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9780007437559
Utgivelsesår
2016
Format
20 x 13 cm

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«

‘Bernard Cornwell is a literary miracle. Year after year, hail, rain, snow, war and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of his generation…Cornwell at his best is utterly compelling. And this is Cornwell at his best.’ Daily Mail

‘Page for page, sentence for sentence, scene for heart-stopping scene GALLOWS THIEF is the strongest historical novel I have read this year…he tells a cracking yarn and fills it with vivid characters and writes crisp dialogue and gets the period detail right..it is hard to stop reading…it is masterly.’ Sunday Telegraph

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Meg – 09.07.2012

– Nok ein spennings roman frå Bernard Cornwel Hans skrive stil og hans interesse for historie gjør denne boka til ein spennande og interressant roman. Handlinga er satt til tiden etter slaget ved waterloo, og hoved personen har sine minner fra dette slaget. Hans egen historie er for han uvesentlig men hans tallent for cricket er hans venners motivasjon får å trekke han med. Etter eit møte med justis ministeren blir han dradd inn i ein verden av mord, forviklinger og mysterier. Med livet som insats og med god hjelp fra venner jobber han hardt for å finne svaret han leiter etter. Både spenning og romantikk gjør denne boka til ein god bok for dei fleste.

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Arne – 09.07.2005

– Gallows Thief is a historical mystery set in early nineteenth century Britain. Full of snappy dialogue and marvelous period detail, the plot rattles along. The characters aren't fantastically deep, but they're entertaining, and Cornwell does a better job with women here than in some of his other books. While the mystery plot isn't wildly original, the book has more than enough unique qualities to keep it interesting. The descriptions of the gallows and the penal system are grim and the denouement is breathless. I was especially impressed that Cornwell managed to write this very successful book without ever resorting to what's arguably his greatest skill, huge gory battle scenes. It's an entertaining book and I recommend it.

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