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Thieftaker Chronicles #01: Thieftakerby D. B. Jackson
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Ethan Kaille isnt the likeliest hero. A former sailor with a troubled past, Ethan is a thieftaker, using conjuring skills to hunt down those who steal from the good citizens of Boston. And while chasing down miscreants in 1768 makes his life a perilous one, the simmering political tensions between loyalists like himself and rabble-rousing revolutionaries like Samuel Adams and others of his ilk are perhaps even more dangerous to his health.
When one hundred sailors of King George III's Royal Navy are mysteriously killed on a ship in Boston Harbor, Ethan is thrust into dire peril. For he—and not Bostons premier thieftaker, Sephira Pryce—is asked to find the truth behind their deaths. City Sheriff Edmund Greenleaf suspects conjuring was used in the dastardly crime, and even Pryce knows that Ethan is better equipped to contend with matters of what most of Boston considers dark arts. But even Ethan is daunted by magic powerful enough to fell so many in a single stroke. When he starts to investigate, he realizes that the mass murderer will stop at nothing to evade capture. And making his task more difficult is the British fleet's occupation of the city after the colonials' violent protests after the seizure of John Hancock's ship. Kaille will need all his own magic, street smarts, and a bit of luck to keep this Boston massacre from giving the hotheads of Colonial Boston an excuse for inciting a riot—or worse
"Exploding the myth that the past was a simpler time, historical fantasist Jackson (pseudonym of David B. Coe, author of 2010's The Dark-Eyes' War) takes a tour of Boston's high and low life before the Revolution. Ex-convict Ethan Kaille has turned spell-casting thieftaker, tracking down stolen goods for reward. When wealthy Abner Berson persuades him to find the missing brooch taken from Benson's murdered daughter, Jennifer, Ethan is entangled in the greater mystery of who killed her and how. Jennifer's unmarked corpse shows traces of magic, conjured by a sorcerer of greater skill than Ethan. Interrogating Stamp Act rioters and mingling with Sons of Liberty like Samuel Adams, Ethan has to survive professional rival Sephira Pryce's ambushes in order to unmask the unknown sorcerer who may be orchestrating a rebellion. Though Jackson's detailed attention to period language and Latin spell-casting is hampered by the tale's modern hard-boiled tone, he has produced a noteworthy series opener. Agent: Lucienne Diver, the Knight Agency. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Boston, 1765: The British Crown imposes onerous taxes on the thirteen colonies, and intrigue swirls around firebrands like Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty. For Ethan Kaille, a conjurer who makes his living tracking down thieves, politics is for others...until he is asked to recover a necklace worn by the murdered daughter of a prominent family. A man with a dark past, Ethan can ill afford to turn this case down. But taking the case means facing the most powerful members of Bostons high society and its seamy underbelly. And behind it all, another conjurer waits, who has already killed in the service of powerful masters. Ethan is in way over his head, hopelessly overmatched by the deadly spellcraft of someone he cannot even see.
In Thieftaker, D. B. Jackson delivers a thrilling debut tale of magic and intrigue that will leave readers breathless and eager for more Ethan Kaille.
Boston, 1765: In D.B. Jackson's Thieftaker, revolution is brewing as the British Crown imposes increasingly onerous taxes on the colonies, and intrigue swirls around firebrands like Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty. But for Ethan Kaille, a thieftaker who makes his living by conjuring spells that help him solve crimes, politics is for others…until he is asked to recover a necklace worn by the murdered daughter of a prominent family.
Suddenly, he faces another conjurer of enormous power, someone unknown, who is part of a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of power in the turbulent colony. His adversary has already killed—and not for his own gain, but in the service of his powerful masters, people for whom others are mere pawns in a game of politics and power. Ethan is in way over his head, and he knows it. Already a man with a dark past, he can ill afford to fail, lest his livelihood be forfeit. But he can't stop now, for his magic has marked him, so he must fight the odds, even though he seems hopelessly overmatched, his doom seeming certain at the spectral hands of one he cannot even see.
About the Author
D. B. JACKSON lives in Tennessee.
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