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by Hawkins Publishing Services, 28 November 2014. ISBN: 978-1-910208-05-2
England, 1880, and Edwin James is
telling his stepson the story of his life: his meteroic rise as a London
attorney, and equally sudden fall; his emmigration to America in 1860, his work
as a secret agent in New York, and his involvement in the assassination of
was a narrator as fascinating as he was untrustworthy: unscrupulous in both
business and private life, a gambler, a drinker, a womaniser. Crime writers
might know of him as the man who prosecuted Palmer, the poisoner. Through James,
Lewis brings the era to life: the shadier areas of London and New York are
vividly described, and we also meet personalities like Palmerston, Colonel
Lafayette Baker, Secretary of War Stanton, John Wilkes Booth and Lincoln
himself. The narrative has an overall shape, picking up threads from the start
at the end, but it’s also episodic, and the narrative method jarred slightly at
times, in the Moll Flanders ‘I just happen to have kept that letter’ moments.
The assassination episode was breathlessly exciting, and Lewis’s alternative
theory was intriguing – it made me want to find out more about the real facts.
vividly-recreated life-story of a rogue who lived through interesting times.
Roy Lewis is a
well-established crime writer with 60 novels to his name. He lives in the north
of England where he sets many of his books. He is a former college principal
and Inspector of Schools who now runs business training programmes and has
business interests in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. He has three children
- all of them lawyers.
Marsali Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a
newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time teacher on Shetland's
scenic west side, living with her husband and two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a
qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by history, and has published
plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well as a history of women's
suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own
8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group.Marsali also does a regular monthly column
for the Mystery People e-zine.