The Devil in the Marshalsea

The Devil in the Marshalsea: Thomas Hawkins Book 1

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Thrillers & True Crime, Crime & Thrillers
Paperback Published on: 28/08/2014
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Longlisted for the John Creasey Dagger Award for best debut crime novel of 2014.

London, 1727 - and Tom Hawkins is about to fall from his heaven of card games, brothels and coffee-houses into the hell of a debtors' prison.

The Marshalsea is a savage 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 the gaol's rutheless governor and his cronies.

The trouble is, Tom Hawkins 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: to 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 twisting mystery, a dazzling evocation of early 18th Century London, THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA is a thrilling debut novel full of intrigue and suspense.

  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • ISBN: 9781444775433
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 282g
  • Dimensions: 200 x 130 x 27 mm

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The Devil in the Marshalsea
Fast-Paced but a Little Light
This book pulls you into the story quickly, and is a fast-paced and action orientated read. Written from the perspective of the main character, it is far m... READ MORE
The Devil in the Marshalsea
Historical fiction is not one of my favorite genres, but I found this debut novel to be a very enjoyable read, not only does it keep the reader guessing to... READ MORE
mad about books
The Devil in the Marshalsea
The devil's in the detail
This debut novel from Antonia Hodgson wears its (impressively researched) historical detail well but I felt it could have done with more in-depth character... READ MORE
The Librarian
The Devil in the Marshalsea
All in all a lovely example of historical crime fiction
Tom Hawkins is a Gentleman without purpose. He drifts through life, spending his money on gambling and brothels with little thought for the future. Soon hi... READ MORE
Janet E
The Devil in the Marshalsea
Devil in the marshalsea
Atmospheric early Georgian suspense novel
Sheleen McCormack
The Devil in the Marshalsea
A fine addition to the historical detective fiction arena.
The Devil in the Marshalsea, the first in Antonia Hodgson's series featuring Thomas Hawkins, was one of my early forays into historical detective fiction, ... READ MORE
Martin  Paul