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Gallows Thief
Gallows Thief
Author: Bernard Cornwell
It is 1817 and Charles Corday, a portrait painter, has only seven days to live. He has been found guilty of murdering a Countess whom he was in the process of painting. He had been sentenced to hang, and political pressures make it expedient for the Home Office to confirm his guilt. The man appointed to investigate is Rider Sandman, whose qualif...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780060516284
ISBN-10: 0060516283
Publication Date: 5/1/2003
Pages: 373
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 41 ratings
Publisher: HarperTorch
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Bernard Cornwell writes a great historical novel-this one focused on an effort to solve a murder and save a young man from hanging. Harrowing descriptions of the judicial system and captitol punishment as a "spectator's event" are only part of a well written tale that has an intrguing set of characters and a romance sub-plot
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A great historial novel with and interesting tale.
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A fantastic historical mystery with one of the best protagonists I've ever read: a fully developed character who, though flawed, is basically a decent man in a cruel era. Unfortunately, despite pleas from his fans, Cornwell has not chosen to make this into a series.
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Bernard Cornwell is a master of historical adventure fiction. This is a departure from his sagas of war, but is such an engaging adventure/mystery set in early 19th century England (just after the Battle of Waterloo) that it is hard to put down! His historical research and character development are stellar as always.