Gallows Thief

Gallows Thief

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When Waterloo veteran Rider Sandman returns home to England from the war, he finds his country rife with corruption, social unrest, and a justice system that sends innocent people to the gallows and takes a job investigating the case of a painter sentenced to hang for a murder he did not commit. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

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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.



Publisher: New York : Perennial, 2005, c2002
Edition: 1st Perennial ed
ISBN: 9780060082741
0060082747
Branch Call Number: M CORNWELL
Characteristics: 297 p. : map ; 21 cm

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jazpur
Oct 22, 2014

I'm partial to Bernard Cornwell's writing. Gallows Thief is no exception.His knowledge of the state of society in England following the Napoleonic Wars and the plight of soldiers returning looking for work and trying to fit back into society is well told. The Gallows Thief was a person who, as a last resort, had but few days to determine a man's innocence of a crime prior to his hanging following his sentence by the Court.Often witnesses could not be found to substantiate their claims.This was a particularly nasty murder. Rider Sandman is given the task. All told with Cornwell's customary style and dry humour.I was hoping for a sequel but nothing so far.

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guiness10
Jun 20, 2009

Fantastic book by a fantastic author.

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