Rider Sandman, having fought Napoleon in the French wars, expected to lead the life of an English country gentleman, but now, two years after Waterloo, his family is impoverished, his name is disgraced and he has been forced to relinquish the woman he loves from her obligation to marry him. Desperate to earn money he accepts the job of being the government's Investigator; an official who discovers whether petitions for mercy sent by condemned criminals should be granted. His first case concerns a portrait painter who is due to hang for murder in a week's time and the government makes it clear that they want the verdict confirmed.
But Rider Sandman, whose qualifications for the post are nonexistent, discovers that the painter is almost certainly innocent and, as he peels back the layers of a corrupt penal system, he finds himself pitted against some of the wealthiest and most ruthless men in Regency England who want to keep the truth hidden.
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BERNARD CORNWELL is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling Saxon Tales series, which includes The Last Kingdom, The Pale Horseman, Lords of the North, Sword Song, The Burning Land, Death of Kings, The Pagan Lord, and, most recently, The Empty Throne and Warriors of the Storm, and which serves as the basis for the hit television series The Last Kingdom. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod and in Charleston, South Carolina.From AudioFile:
Rider Sandman, the government's investigator, believes a painter due to hang in a week is innocent of murder. His investigation sparks a race for proof that will last until the hour of execution. James Frain reads with a somber tone that adds tension and menace to Sandman's quest. His readings of the hanging scenes that open and close the novel are harrowing, as are details emphasizing the cruelty of English prisons of the post-Napoleonic era in general and the gallows in particular. The abridgment is effective, preserving both historical details and the murder plot. The novel works both as a thriller and as a glimpse of life in England shortly after the French Wars. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Harper Collins, 2001. Perfect Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 7127944
Book Description Harper Collins, 2001. Perfect Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007127944