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Once a well-known prize-fighter with a terrifying right arm (christened 'the hammer of heaven'), Daniel O'Thunder has seen the light, and now the protection of the poor and weak is his life's work. He runs an establishment for those in need of food, shelter and counsel - a place where virtue and vice rub shoulders uneasily. Vagrants, rogues and streetwalkers are attracted to his charismatic presence, including Nell, the foul-mouthed, golden-hearted prostitute, and Jack, a spectacularly failed cleric with dark secrets. And as they are drawn to O'Thunder, their own stories begin to unfold.
But for Daniel, this work isn't good enough. For an ancient evil is stalking London's streets, preying on the vulnerable souls it finds there: an evil that takes different forms and hides behind many faces; a menace that murders and tortures, and threatens everything he loves most. It is an evil that must be fought in the only way Daniel knows how - with his fists.
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE COMMONWEALTH WRITER'S PRIZE
'A terrific, fast-moving narrative . . . This thumping serving of early Victoriana dishes up some memorable characters'
'Daniel O'Thunder is a triumph - a frightening, funny, moving, page-turning romp. Deserves to be shelved where they keep Charles Dickens and Robertson Davies and Sarah Waters. Ian Weir is a storyteller of extraordinary ability'
Steven Galloway, author of The Cellist of Sarajevo
'The Devil has taken many guises in Western literature over the years. Until Ian Weir cast him into Victorian England, though, never has the dark one been asked to step into the ring. A knockout debut'
National Post --...
Ian Weir is an award-winning screenwriter, playwright and novelist. His TV credits include the acclaimed crime thriller "Dragon Boys," "Flashpoint," "Cold Squad" and "Beachcombers." He has won two Geminis, four Leos, a Jessie and the Writers Guild of Canada Canadian Screenwriting Award.
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Book Description Old Street Publishing, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # mon0000216454