The Watermen Hardcover – 31 Mar 2011
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'Patrick Easter is a find. A first-rate historical thriller, particularly memorable for its evocation of the Georgian underworld and the crime-ridden Thames ... it's fortunate for us that there are more to come' Andrew Taylor.
'Wonderfully atmospheric. The reek of tar and the creak of timbers rises up from every page. Carries you along on a floodtide of excitement' Rory Clements.
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It is 1798 in the Port of London: a cruel figure holds sway over the underworld. His name is Boylin. His face is scarred by lime and his back by the two hundred lashes he received following a naval court martial. He holds Captain Tom Pascoe responsible for his suffering. They meet again when Pascoe becomes River Surveyor for the newly formed marine police. They've had orders to investigate a sudden fall in government revenue that is affecting the nation's ability to fight the way against Napoleon and stem the rising tide of Irish rebellion. Pascoe knows that Boylin is behind it, but he can't prove anything - yet. The Watermen is a thrillingly authentic crime novel set against the violent backdrop of London's 18th century docks, the first in a series starring former naval officer Tom Pascoe.See all Product Description
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This plot intrigued me from the very beginning and I was fully expecting a Dickensian like depiction of London's underworld. And whilst the author nailed the descriptions of the buildings and waterways and thoroughly conveyed an atmosphere of poverty and insecurity, his characterisation was ever so slightly wooden. The criminals were lukewarm and the central protagonist and his sidekick often devoid of real emotion. In addition, the relationship between Boylin the criminal and Pascoe the river surveyor was slightly underplayed. The author intended to create a real sense of animosity and hatred between the pair, yet Boylin was often portrayed as a quivering coward and Pascoe as a benevolent saint.
The author also attempted to weave together several strands and subthemes which would be brought together in a breathtaking revelatory climax. Unfortunately, many of the twists could be spotted a mile off and as such, when you arrived at the revelation it was a bit of a damp squib. That was slightly frustrating and it also created a situation where you felt like you had skipped ahead and was thus waiting for the book to catch up with you.Read more ›
Although the denouement is a bit of a let down, it was led into nicely and is understandably what might have happened. Overall, this was a nice introduction to the series and I look forward to the next book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story continues the plot is as readable as ever thoroughly enjoyed it.Published 1 month ago by keith vinall
Fantastic idea, but I felt like it failed to get to grips with any of the really interesting lives and worlds it contacts. Read morePublished 7 months ago by R J Hogg
Good read and good introduction to the world of chief character Tom Pascoe.Published 11 months ago by Chris G