Gallows Thief by Bernard Cornwell audiobook

Gallows Thief

By Bernard Cornwell
Read by James Frain

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5.78 Hours 1
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Rider Sandman, having fought Napoleon in the French wars, expected to lead the life of an English country gentleman, but now, two years after Waterloo, his family is impoverished, his name is disgraced and he has been forced to relinquish the woman he loves from her obligation to marry him. Desperate to earn money he accepts the job of being the government's Investigator; an official who discovers whether petitions for mercy sent by condemned criminals should be granted. His first case concerns a portrait painter who is due to hang for murder in a week's time and the government makes it clear that they want the verdict confirmed. But Rider Sandman, whose qualifications for the post are nonexistent, discovers that the painter is almost certainly innocent and, as he peels back the layers of a corrupt penal system, he finds himself pitted against some of the wealthiest and most ruthless men in Regency England who want to keep the truth hidden.

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Summary

Summary

Rider Sandman, having fought Napoleon in the French wars, expected to lead the life of an English country gentleman, but now, two years after Waterloo, his family is impoverished, his name is disgraced and he has been forced to relinquish the woman he loves from her obligation to marry him. Desperate to earn money he accepts the job of being the government's Investigator; an official who discovers whether petitions for mercy sent by condemned criminals should be granted. His first case concerns a portrait painter who is due to hang for murder in a week's time and the government makes it clear that they want the verdict confirmed.

But Rider Sandman, whose qualifications for the post are nonexistent, discovers that the painter is almost certainly innocent and, as he peels back the layers of a corrupt penal system, he finds himself pitted against some of the wealthiest and most ruthless men in Regency England who want to keep the truth hidden.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A thing of literary glory. Page for page, sentence for sentence, and scene for heart-stopping scene, Gallows Thief is the strongest historical novel I have read this year.” Sunday Telegraph (London)
“[A] beautifully crafted historical novel…Cornwell believes in those trusty devices: character and plot. Gallows Thief is a rip-roaring yarn that tips its hat to the basics of good old-fashioned storytelling.” Times (London)
“Bernard Cornwell is a literary miracle. Year after year, hail, rain, snow, war, and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of his generation…Cornwell, at his best, is utterly compelling. And this is Cornwell at his best.” Daily Mail (London)
“Remarkable…a rousing tale.” Philadelphia Inquirer
“James Frain reads with a somber tone that adds tension and menace to Sandman’s quest. His readings of the hanging scenes that open and close the novel are harrowing…The novel works both as a thriller and as a glimpse of life in England shortly after the French Wars.” AudioFile
“Cornwell’s flair for authentic detailing distinguishes this suspenseful, action-packed period whodunit.” Booklist
“Corwell is superb at weaving the ambience and issues of the day (this time Regency England) with a gripping plot and a memorable character. Readers will hope to see more.” Library Journal

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Author Bio: Bernard Cornwell

Author Bio: Bernard Cornwell

Bernard Cornwell, born in London, worked for the BBC and Thames Television before coming to the United States to write full time. His sweeping historical novels, including the acclaimed Richard Sharpe series and many more, make him a number one bestselling author in the United Kingdom and around the world. He is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling Saxon Tales series, which serves as the basis for the hit television series The Last Kingdom.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 5.78
Audience: Adult
Language: English