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Stunning and evocative
on 20 April 2014
Edward Savill has married a woman for her family connections and, whilst he loves their daughter, the marriage is stale. He uses his family connections within Government to secure a posting to New York as part of the American Office dealing with loyalist refugees. On arrival in New York he is billeted with a retired judge and his family including the beautiful but distant Arabella. During the War of Independence Arabella's family home was attacked and she lost her child. Arabella's husband was lost in battle and the family is poor. Edward comes across the body of murdered Englishman and is charged with investigating his death. There are links to both the judges family and also to a renegade slave with a scarred face. Edward is not sure who to trust and the complex plot involves slavery, loyalty and honour.
Andrew Taylor is an assured writer of historical fiction. His work is supremely researched and his plots buzz. This book is fascinating and engaging, heavy with detail yet the story races along.