A brilliant historical crime novel of Georgian London from the author of The Devil in the Marshalsea.
Spring 1728. A young, well-dressed man is dragged through the streets of London to the gallows at Tyburn. The crowds jeer and curse as he passes, calling him a murderer. He tries to remain calm. His name is Tom Hawkins, and he is innocent.
Somehow he has to prove it before the rope squeezes the life out of him.
It is, of course, all his own fault. He was happy with Kitty Sparks. Life was good. He should never have told the most dangerous criminal in London that he was 'bored and looking for adventure'. He should never have offered to help Henrietta Howard, the king's mistress, in her desperate struggles with a brutal husband. And most of all, he should never have trusted the witty, calculating Queen Caroline. She has promised him a royal pardon if he holds his tongue, but then again there is nothing more silent than a hanged man.
Based loosely on actual events, Antonia Hodgson's new novel is both a sequel to The Devil in the Marshalsea and a standalone historical mystery. From the gilded cage of the Court to the wicked freedoms of the slums, it reveals a world both seductive and deadly. And it continues the rake's progress of Tom Hawkins - assuming he can find a way to survive the noose....
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This audiobook really is in a class of its own. Narrated superbly by Klloska, this story flits between present and past with a thrilling storyline, that sees Tom Hawkins' explain how he got to be sat in a carriage destined for the hangman's noose.
Each time it came to me turning my iPad off I found myself really not wanting to! I could have listened to this book forever, it had everything; great characters, superb narration, fantastic storyline .. The lot. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone, of all ages.
This audiobook will captivate you and leave you desperate for more. Highly recommended.
Atmospheric and gripping
Great characters, satisfyingly complex plot with some unexpected twists. Just great storytelling.
The Devil in Marshalsea as it's a follow up.
No, too long.
Firmly set in 1720s London, very strong on location and historical detail. Loved the physical sense created by the author; the characters have a real feel and the smells and sights are almost tangible.