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GALLOW'S THIEF. by  Bernard Cornwell - First Edition - (2002) - from, IOBA and


by Cornwell, Bernard

Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket./like

New York:: Harper Collins,, (2002). Very near fine in a like dustjacket.. First US printing. Novel set in 1817 London, where a portrait painter has been sentenced to hang for the murder of the woman he was painting. Author's note. 297 pp. Map endpapers.

Gallows Thief (2001) is a mystery novel by Bernard Cornwell set in London in the year 1817, which uses capital punishment as its backdrop. Rider Sandman, a veteran of the Napoleonic Wars, is hired as an investigator as a formality to rubber-stamp the death sentence of a condemned murderer. Instead, he discovers a conspiracy to conceal the real killer. In the slang of the time, a “gallows thief,” (also a “crap prig”) is a person who prevents the hanging of an innocent person.


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