The Devil in the Marshalsea: Thomas Hawkins Book 1 - Thomas Hawkins (Paperback)
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The Devil in the Marshalsea: Thomas Hawkins Book 1 - Thomas Hawkins (Paperback)

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Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 28/08/2014
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A thoroughly immersive period crime novel that mines the squalor and desperation of the Marshalsea debtor’s prison, Hodgson’s evocative work features a highly unconventional sleuth and a compelling plot that mixes labyrinthine twists with nuanced social and historical comment. A sinister, atmospheric crime fiction treat.

WINNER OF THE CWA HISTORICAL DAGGER AWARD 2014.

Longlisted for the John Creasey Dagger Award for best debut crime novel of 2014.

London, 1727 - and Tom Hawkins is about to fall from his heaven of card games, brothels and coffee-houses into the hell of a debtors' prison.

The Marshalsea is a savage 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 the gaol's rutheless governor and his cronies.

The trouble is, Tom Hawkins 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 twisting mystery, a dazzling evocation of early 18th Century London, THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA is a thrilling debut novel full of intrigue and suspense.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781444775433
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 282 g
Dimensions: 200 x 130 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
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 *

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