Gallows Thief: A Novel

Paperback | May 10, 2005

byBernard Cornwell

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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.

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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 invest...

Bernard Cornwell, ?the reigning king of historical fiction? (USA Today), is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller Agincourt; the bestselling Saxon Tales, which include The Last Kingdom, The Pale Horseman, Lords of the North, Sword Song, and, most recently, The Burning Land; and the Richard Sharpe novels, among many othe...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:May 10, 2005Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060082747

ISBN - 13:9780060082741

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“A thing of literary glory. Page for page, sentence for sentence, scene for heart-stopping scene, Gallows Thief is the strongest historical novel I have read this year.” (Sunday Telegraph [London])