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First U.S. edition.
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Boston : Mariner Books, 2014.
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xiv, 384 pages ; 21 cm
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"It's 1727. Tom Hawkins is damned if he's going to follow in his father's footsteps and become a country parson. Not for him a quiet life of prayer and propriety. His preference is for wine, women, and cards. But there's a sense of honor there too, and Tom won't pull family strings to get himself out of debt--not even when faced with the appalling horrors of London's notorious debtors' prison: The Marshalsea Gaol.Within moments of his arrival in the Marshalsea, Hawkins learns there's a murderer on the loose, a ghost is haunting the gaol, and that he'll have to scrounge up the money to pay for his food, bed, and drink. He's quick to accept an offer of free room and board from the mysterious Samuel Fleet--only to find out just hours later that it was Fleet's last roommate who turned up dead. Tom's choice is clear: get to the truth of the murder--or be the next to die"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references.
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2013045482
ISBN:
9780544176676 (pbk.)
0544176677 (pbk.)
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864709547
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"It's 1727. Tom Hawkins is damned if he's going to follow in his father's footsteps and become a country parson. Not for him a quiet life of prayer and propriety. His preference is for wine, women, and cards. But there's a sense of honor there too, and Tom won't pull family strings to get himself out of debt--not even when faced with the appalling horrors of London's notorious debtors' prison: The Marshalsea Gaol.Within moments of his arrival in the Marshalsea, Hawkins learns there's a murderer on the loose, a ghost is haunting the gaol, and that he'll have to scrounge up the money to pay for his food, bed, and drink. He's quick to accept an offer of free room and board from the mysterious Samuel Fleet--only to find out just hours later that it was Fleet's last roommate who turned up dead. Tom's choice is clear: get to the truth of the murder--or be the next to die"-- - (Baker & Taylor)

Landing in the notorious Marshalsea Gaol for his gambling debts, Tom Hawkins befriends the mysterious Samuel Fleet, only to discover Fleet's last roommate was murdered, and Hawkins must get to the truth or be the next to die. - (Baker & Taylor)

Set in the darkest debtor's prison in Georgian London, this gripping historical thriller follows Tom Hawkins as he, due to his penchant for wine, women and cards, ends up in Marshalsea where murder runs rampant and no one is as they seem. Original. 30,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)

"Antonia Hodgson’s London of 1727 offers that rare achievement in historical fiction: a time and place suspensefully different from our own, yet real . . . A damn’d good read." —Elizabeth Kostova, author ofThe Historian

London, 1727. Tom Hawkins refuses to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a country parson. His preference is for wine, women, and cards. But there’s honor there too, and Tom won’t pull family strings to get himself out of debt—not even when faced with London’s notorious debtors’ prison.

The Marshalsea Gaol is a world of its own, with simple rules: Those with family or friends who can lend them a little money may survive in relative comfort. Those with none will starve in squalor and disease. And those who try to escape will suffer a gruesome fate at the hands of its ruthless governor and his cronies. The trouble is, Tom has never been good at following rules, even simple ones. And the recent grisly murder of a debtor, Captain Roberts, has brought further terror to the gaol. While the captain's beautiful widow cries for justice, the finger of suspicion points only one way: do the sly, enigmatic figure of Samuel Fleet.

Some call Fleet a devil, a man to avoid at all costs. But Tom Hawkins is sharing his cell. Soon Tom’s choice is clear: get to the truth of the murder—or be the next to die.

A dazzling evocation of a startlingly modern era, The Devil in the Marshalsea is a thrilling debut novel full of intrigue and suspense.
- (Houghton)

Thrilling new historical fiction starring a scoundrel with a heart of gold and set in the darkest debtors’ prison in Georgian London, where people fall dead as quickly as they fall in love and no one is as they seem. - (Houghton)

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“A riveting, fast-paced story . . . Magnificent.” — Jeffery Deaver

London, 1727. Tom Hawkins refuses to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a country parson. His preference is for wine, women, and cards. But there’s honor there too, and Tom won’t pull family strings to get himself out of debt—not even when faced with London’s notorious debtors’ prison.

The Marshalsea Gaol is a world of its own, with simple rules: those with family or friends who can lend them a little money may survive in relative comfort. Those with none will starve in squalor and disease. And those who try to escape will suffer a gruesome fate at the hands of its rutheless governor and his cronies. The trouble is, Tom has never been good at following rules, even simple ones. And the recent grisly murder of a debtor, Captain Roberts, has brought further terror to the gaol. While the captain’s beautiful widow cries for justice, the finger of suspicion points only one way: to the sly, enigmatic figure of Samuel Fleet.

Some call Fleet a devil, a man to avoid at all costs. But Tom Hawkins is sharing his cell. Soon Tom's choice is clear: get to the truth of the murder—or be the next to die.

A dazzling evocation of a startlingly modern era, The Devil in the Marshalsea is a thrilling debut novel full of intrigue and suspense.


“A wonderfully convincing picture of the seamier side of eighteenth-century life. Antonia Hodgson has a real feel for how people thought and spoke at the time—and, God knows, that’s a rare talent.” — Andrew Taylor, author of An Unpardonable Crime

Antonia Hodgson is the editor in chief of Little, Brown UK. She lives in London. The Devil in the Marshalsea is her first novel.

 
- (Houghton)

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Booklist Reviews

As promised in the historical note that opens Hodgson's satisfyingly twisty debut thriller, readers will encounter an eye-opening look at Georgian London's debtors' prisons and some authentically colorful swearing within its pages. Tom Hawkins experiences both of these when he's thrown into the Marshalsea Gaol after too many gambling losses and a near-fatal mugging. To his surprise, the Marshalsea seems like a miniature town, complete with a tap room, coffeehouse, and barber. "Indeed it reminded me of my old college, save for the iron spikes," he observes. But after meeting many disreputable characters and hearing screams coming from the gaol's "Common Side," where those too broke to afford their upkeep are left to rot, he almost regrets not obeying his estranged father and becoming a clergyman. Complicating matters further are Samuel Fleet, Tom's fear-inducing roommate, and conspiracies surrounding a former prisoner whose ghost reportedly roams—and whose murder Tom must solve, or else. The squalid atmosphere is so well detailed that one can almost smell the corruption, and the irrepressibly roguish Tom makes a winning hero. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Library Journal Reviews

The ne'er-do-well son of a country parson is thrown into the alternative world that is the debtors' prison of London in 1727. Owned by a noble, run by an unlikeable bastard, and inhabited by the unfortunate as well as the conniving, the Marshalsea Gaol is a festering pot of deception, treachery, and brutality. When a man of means is murdered inside the institution, everyone seems to have an interest in finding the killer, as well as a motive for the crime. New arrival Tom Hawkins not only needs to pay off his debts, he must find out who killed the man who slept in his bed two days before. The scenes are Hogarthian and the pace is Pattersonian. Debut author Hodgson, who is also the editor in chief of Little, Brown UK, has a gift for action and colorful characters, using the infamous prison as the main stage and real people as supporting actors. She manages to keep the reader guessing as to who might be the murderer and when (and whom) he might strike next. VERDICT History and mystery fans will both enjoy the roller-coaster twists and turns of this atmospheric historical thriller.—W. Keith McCoy, Somerset Cty. Lib. Syst., Bridgewater, NJ

[Page 80]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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