*WINNER of the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award 2013* 'Andrew Taylor wrote superb historical fiction long before Hilary Mantel was popular' Daily Telegraph From the No.1 bestselling author of THE AMERICAN BOY comes a new historical thriller set during the American War of Independence.
August, 1778. British-controlled Manhattan is a melting pot of soldiers, traitors and refugees, surrounded by rebel forces as the American War of Independence rages on.
Into this simmering tension sails Edward Savill, a London clerk tasked with assessing the claims of loyalists who have lost out during the war.
Savill lodges with the ageing Judge Wintour, his ailing wife, and their enigmatic daughter-in-law Arabella.
However, as Savill soon learns, what the Wintours have lost in wealth, they have gained in secrets.
The murder of a gentleman in the slums pulls Savill into the city's underbelly.
But when life is so cheap, why does one death matter? Because making a nation is a lucrative business, and some people cannot afford to miss out, whatever the price...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 516 pages, maps (colour)
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 18/07/2013
- Category: Historical mysteries
- ISBN: 9780007213535