The Devil in the Marshalsea (Large Print Edition)
London, 1727 – and Tom Hawkins is in trouble. The wayward son of a country parson, his taste for wine, women and cards has led him in irons to the notorious Marshalsea debtors' prison.
The Marshalsea is a dark and dangerous place at the best of times. But when an inmate is brutally murdered, the prison is soon gripped by fear and suspicion. Worst of all, Tom is sharing a cell with the prime suspect…
Now he must risk everything to uncover the truth – or be the next to die.
A splendid debut ... this is a truly spellbinding tale. (Guardian)Hodgson's utterly compelling debut is fiendishly plotted and dripping with atmosphere. I cannot wait for Tom Hawkin's next adventure. (Mark Billingham)It is the mesh of lies and duplicity that draws you into this brilliant first novel ...a blood-drenched investigation that twists and turns in the vortex of Georgian society (The Times)Historical fiction just doesn't get any better than this. Magnificent! (Jeffery Deaver)The pace is relentless ...an absolutely superb debut novel (Crime Review)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 The Fires of London)Something new in the world of historical crime fiction, with mesmerising detail and atmosphere (Financial Times)Hodgson has a knack for convincing dialogue that crackles with period cadence and flavour (Daily Mail)Hodgson shows the seamy underbelly of Georgian London, and does for this era what C.J. Sansom and Rory Clements have done for Tudor times (Historical Novel Society)At times Hodgson even rivals Dickens (Daily Express)Any historical fiction enthusiast who isn't a Tom Hawkins fan, has probably just not read any yet (The Bookbag)A riveting historical thriller (Daily Mail)A book to be read by candlelight: part romance, part social history ...and a lesson in evil (John Taylor (Duran Duran))A damn'd good read (Elizabeth Kostova, author of The Historian)A hugely enjoyable and fast-paced story which takes the reader into the dark world of Georgian crime (Tracy Borman, author of Thomas Cromwell)A superb debut, tense and atmospheric, that beautifully evokes the dark underbelly of 18th Century London. I was gripped (Saul David)A wonderfully entertaining novel, twist and claustrophic as an underground maze (Maria McCann, author of The Wilding) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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