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A Spectacle of Corruption (Benjamin Weaver, Bk 2)
A Spectacle of Corruption - Benjamin Weaver, Bk 2 Author:David Liss Benjamin Weaver, the quick-witted pugilist turned private investigator, returns in David Liss’s sequel to the Edgar Award–winning novel, A Conspiracy of Paper. — Moments after his conviction for a murder he did not commit, at a trial presided over by a judge determined to find him guilty, Benjamin Weaver is accosted by a strang... more »er who cunningly slips a lockpick and a file into his hands. In an instant he understands two things: Someone had gone to a great deal of trouble to see him condemned to hang—and another equally mysterious agent is determined to see him free.
So begins A Spectacle of Corruption, which heralds the return of Benjamin Weaver, the hero of A Conspiracy of Paper. After a daring escape from eighteenth-century London’s most notorious prison, Weaver must face another challenge: how to prove himself innocent of a crime when the corrupt courts have already shown they want only to see him hang. To discover the truth and clear his name, he will have to understand the motivations behind a secret scheme to extort a priest, uncover double-dealings in the unrest among London’s dockworkers, and expose the conspiracy that links the plot against him to the looming national election—an election with the potential to spark a revolution and topple the monarchy.
Unable to show his face in public, Weaver pursues his inquiry in the guise of a wealthy merchant who seeks to involve himself in the political scene. But he soon finds that the world of polite society and politics is filled with schemers and plotters, men who pursue riches and power—and those who seek to return the son of the deposed king to the throne. Desperately navigating a labyrinth of politicians, crime lords, assassins, and spies, Weaver learns that, in an election year, little is what it seems and the truth comes at a staggeringly high cost.
Once again, acclaimed author David Liss combines historical erudition with mystery, complex characterization, and a captivating sense of humor. A Spectacle of Corruption offers insight into our own world of political scheming, and it firmly establishes David Liss as one of the best writers of intellectual suspense at work today.« less
David Liss is an exceptional writer of historical fiction with a whodunit theme. "A Spectacle of Corruption" is the second of a series taking place in the early 1700s in London. The protagonist is Ben Weaver, a "thieftaker" who in this particular story is framed for murder and sentenced to be hung. What I like about the books by Liss that I have read is that they are fun but also educational. Reading of what life was like in London in the early eighteenth century makes one realize how truly hard life was then and how far we have come since then. Sometimes the scenes are not pretty, but they seem pretty realistic for the time, when life was cheap and life expectancy was not high. The first in the series, "A Conspiracy of Paper" concerns the first stock market and the first crash. This one deals with the corruption of government and the election system. I strongly recommend the book.