The year is 1820. Rider Sandman, a hero of Waterloo, returns to London to wed his fiancÉe. But instead of settling down to fame and glory, he finds himself penniless in a country where high unemployment and social unrest rage, and where men—innocent or guilty—are hanged for the merest of crimes.... show more
The year is 1820. Rider Sandman, a hero of Waterloo, returns to London to wed his fiancÉe. But instead of settling down to fame and glory, he finds himself penniless in a country where high unemployment and social unrest rage, and where men—innocent or guilty—are hanged for the merest of crimes. When he's offered a job as private investigator to re-open the case of a painter due to be hanged for a murder he didn't commit, Sandman readily accepts—as much for the money as for a chance to see justice done in a country gone to ruins. Soon, however, he's mired in a grisly murder plot that keeps thickening. Sandman makes his way through gentlemen's clubs and shady taverns, aristocratic mansions, and fashionable painters' studios determined to rescue the innocent young man from the rope. But someone doesn't want the truth revealed.
Publish date: May 10th 2005
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, 19th Century
, Historical Mystery
A standalone novel from Bernard Cromwell for a change. Set after Waterloo, a Captain comes back to England to find his fortunes changed, his family name in disrepute and their fortunes vastly depleted.While slumming it in a cheap tavern/inn he is recommended as an investigator into a possible miscar...
Rider Sandman, late Captain of the 52nd Regiment, hero of Waterloo, and also of this book, does not appear in the Prologue. That is a vivid, almost too vivid, description of a hanging at Newgate. The repulsive hangman, the victims, one of them a girl accused of stealing a necklace from her mistress,...
Somewhat out of Cornwell's usual style, this doesn't contain a single battle - but it does contain a military man or two. Set some time in the late 1810s, after the battle of Waterloo, Captain Ryder Sandman is trying to earn sufficient money to keep his mother and sister after his father shot himsel...
This is likely my favorite book that I've read by Bernard Cornwell.Although he always writes well-researched historical novels, many ofthem are just a little bit too masculine and military-focused for mytaste. With this historical mystery set in 19th century London, heachieves a more balanced milieu...
Well written adventure from the author of the Sharpe novels. I have a huge weakness for down-at-the-heels gentlemen, especially when they are too smart for their own good.
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