The Devil in the Marshalsea

The Devil in the Marshalsea

by Antonia Hodgson


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The first thrilling historical crime novel starring Thomas Hawkins, a rakish scoundel with a heart of gold, set in the darkest debtors’ prison in Georgian London, where people fall dead as quickly as they fall in love and no one is as they seem.

London, 1727. Tom Hawkins refuses to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a country parson. His preference is for wine, women, and cards. But there’s honor there too, and Tom won’t pull family strings to get himself out of debt—not even when faced with London’s notorious debtors’ prison.

The Marshalsea Gaol is a 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 its ruthless governor and his cronies. The trouble is, Tom 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: do 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 dazzling evocation of a startlingly modern era, The Devil in the Marshalsea is a thrilling debut novel full of intrigue and suspense.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544176676
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 06/10/2014
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

ANTONIA HODGSON is the editor in chief of Little, Brown UK. She lives in London and can see the last fragments of the old city wall from her living room. The Devil in the Marshalsea is her first novel.

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The Devil in the Marshalsea 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
booknerdDS More than 1 year ago
This was such a fantastic read! Antonia Hodgson really makes a name for herself in “The Devil in the Marshalsea”. The writing if fantastic. The story intertwines very smoothly and the plot is fantastic! The very first pages of the story are attention grabbing, I wanted to finish this book in one sitting but that would have been impossible. The Marshalsea goal was really an interesting place… I felt the same when I visited Alcatraz… you know it’s (was) a terrible place but you can’t help but be fascinated with all the stories that surround it. The same occurred with the Marshalsea prison. It was really a terrible place but so fascinating. The main character Tom Hawkins is a typical anti-hero. He is wild and refuses to follow the rules of society. When Tom finds himself in this prison many different elements of his character begin to show. Although at the beginning it was easy to write him off as a man of no character or principal. The mystery surrounding the killer was also fantastic. The writing was very subtle and so were the clues. Our unconventional hero must find out who the killer is if he has any hope or claiming his freedom. This was a highly enjoyable novel and incredibly well written!
ebooks18 More than 1 year ago
Excellent historical fiction & mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exellent peek into a debtor's lot in life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters, Great charaters with steady build up to final reveal with a surprising betrayal at end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago