Bernard Cornwell

Gallows Thief

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Published in 2001 by Harper Collins
Red cloth, gilt titles
Printers key 135798642
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Bernard Cornwell Gallows Thief

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It is 1817 and the Old Bailey is one of London's busiest streets, for it is there, in front of Newgate Prison, that the crowds gather to watch the death throes of men and women on the gallows. Charles Corday, a portrait painter, has only seven days to live. He has been found guilty of murder, the murder of a Countess whom he was in the process of painting. He had been sentenced to hang. But political pressures make it expedient for the orae Office to confirm his guilt. The man appointed to carry out this investigation is Rider Sandman, whose qualifications for the job are nonexistent. He was a soldier, he fought at Waterloo and he is famous as a cricketer, but now he is down on his luck. The offer of even a temporary post, promising a generous fee for not much effort, ? seems ideal.

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