Ratcatcher (Matthew Hawkwood 1) Paperback – 4 Sep 2006
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‘Irresistible… rambunctious entertainment.’
‘Rumbustious…a darkly attractive hero, terrific period atmosphere and action.’ The Times
‘Atmospheric and well researched… try it.’ Daily Mirror
‘“Ratcatcher” has everything: duels and derring-do, London highlife and lowlife, French lechery and treachery – all contained in a fast-moving, cleverly constructed plot with an immaculately detailed historical background. Add a hero who is ruthless, mysterious and sexy, and it's a safe bet that “Ratcatcher” marks the start of a series that will run and run…and run!’ Reginald Hill
‘“Ratcatcher” is a richly enjoyable and impressively researched novel – also very gripping. James McGee is clearly a rising star in the historical galaxy and I look forward to Hawkwood’s return.’ Andrew Taylor, author of ‘The American Boy’
You don’t send a gentleman to catch vermin. You send Hawkwood.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
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In other words this is another historical thriller in the same vein as Cornwell's Sharpe novels or Lunn's Killigrew series, and sticks to the formula set by its precursors; lone hero with a past uncovers and then foils conspiracy. On the way romantic entanglements ensue, he gains a sidekick, thumbs his nose at authority, faces certain death, has numerous fights, yet eventually comes out on top. As such Ratcatcher is hardly the most original work ever published.
Despite this lack of freshness in its approach however, it still deserves four stars for being jolly good fun, a must for books such as these. Hawkswood, the hero, is a good creation. He ticks all the requisite boxes, being simultaneously handsome, energetic, charming, mysterious, witty, serious, haunted, romantic, brave, self-sacrificing, wild, unpredictable and morally upstanding as and when the plot requires. His background is drawn in enough depth to make him interesting and the author has enough skill with dialogue and narrative to make him believable. The success of book like this depends heavily on the strength of the lead character, and in Hawkswood Ratcatcher has a winner.Read more ›
The main characters are, let's be brutal about this, Sharpe and Harper from David Cornwell's novels transposed into slightly different timelimes, but its none the worse for that and could have been a great deal worse.
The writing isn't as good as Cornwell's, but this is the first novel and it could well improve. It often reads as if you're getting your details second hand rather than watching and the characterisation is poor. There's also some excruciatingly bad sex...
I wonder if David Cornwell gets a royalty for inventing the characters?
Anyway, in the final analysis, it's fun undemanding stuff and you end up not giving a damn who dies.
Matthew Hawkwood, the lead player in the book is a man of complex character, feared by those who operate outside the law, loved by the ladies, a hero who is handsome, mysterious and has a ruthless streak. A man who want to do his job, helping to keep the peace on the street of a city that is rife with criminals, prostitutes, pickpockets and so-called beggars who would slit your throat for the change in your pocket.
He is a man whose past keeps haunting him. A past that worries some of the people in high places. But the Chief Magistrate thinks he is just right for a crucial mission . . .
The book has everything you could wish for in a period murder mystery. I enjoyed it tremendously. I am sure you will too.
I like the Hawkwood character and the author's descriptions of the filth and depravity of people living in very close quarters and ready to kill each other for very little is just detailed enough to turn your stomach. But doesn't go on so much that it slows down the pace.
There are some parts that are a bit of a stretch - but it's an enjoyable romp and I loved the "note and surprise" at the end.
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