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Hawkwood: A Regency Crime Thrillerby James Mcgee
A couple of years ago, I was stuck in Japan for an entire day because of the volcanic eruption in Iceland. I had the brilliant notion to watch three Japanese horror movies in a row while waiting, and as a result, I found it difficult to fall asleep at the hotel in which they kindly put me up. Fortunately, someone had abandoned the first two installments of the Hawkwood series by James McGee in the lobby. They were my lucky find. Darkly atmospheric, fast paced, riveting, and possessing an attractive and mysteriously reticent hero, I was hooked from beginning to end.
Synopses & Reviews
The year is 1811, and Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood is ordered by Chief Magistrate James Read to investigate the double murder of a coachman and a naval courier on the Kent Road.
Hawkwood is initially puzzled as to why Read is so concerned by this relatively mundane case, but as his investigation unfolds, another body is discovered and a higher agenda begins to emerge--an attempt by the Emperor Napoleon to bring about a crushing military and psychological blow to Britain, the means of which would bring terror to the seas for years to come . . .
"Action sequences propel McGee's rousing first of a Regency England crime series, originally published in the U.K. as Ratcatcher. When highwaymen attack a coach in a rural part of Camberwell, the villains shoot an admiralty courier dead, then cut off the courier's hand to seize a dispatch pouch secured by a chain to the man's wrist. Chief magistrate James Read assigns Capt. Matthew Hawkwood, an ex-army sniper now employed as a Bow Street Runner, to identify the criminals, though Read keeps Hawkwood ignorant of the stolen pouch's contents, which are vital to the realm's safety. Vivid and moving descriptions of the squalid areas of London more than make up for some familiar story elements, including dubious underworld allies and an attractive woman whom Hawkwood rescues from some lascivious noblemen. While the whodunit aspect is less cerebral than in the works of Bruce Alexander, historical thriller fans will look forward to the sequels. Agent: Jennifer Weltz, Jean Naggar Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The first historical thriller in the investigator Matthew Hawkwood series, hunter of thieves, spies, and murderers in the streets of Regency London.
About the Author
James McGee is the pseudonym of Glen Moy, the manager of the Ottakar Bookshop in Tenterden, England. He has written three other novels in the Hawkwood series, all of which will be published by Pegasus.
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