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Gallows thief

Rider Sandman, having fought Napoleon in the French wars, expected to lead the life of an English country gentleman, but now, two years after Waterloo, his family is impoverished, his name is disgraced and he has been forced to relinquish the woman he loves from her obligation to marry him. Desperate to earn money he accepts the job of being the government's Investigator; an official who discovers whether petitions for mercy sent by condemned criminals should be granted. His first case concerns a portrait painter who is due to hang for murder in a week's time and the government makes it clear that they want the verdict confirmed. But Rider Sandman, whose qualifications for the post are nonexistent, discovers that the painter is almost certainly innocent and, as he peels back the layers of a corrupt penal system, he finds himself pitted against some of the wealthiest and most ruthless men in Regency England who want to keep the truth hidden.

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  • ""It is 1817 and Charles Corday, a portrait painter, has only seven days to live. He has been found guilty of murdering a Countess whom he was in the process of painting. He had been sentenced to hang, and political pressures make it expedient for the Home Office to confirm his guilt. The man appointed to investigate is Rider Sandman, whose qualifications for the job are non-existent and who is currently down on his luck. But Sandman's investigations reveal much that does not fit the verdict, and too many people determined to halt his activities."--Container."
  • "Rider Sandman, having fought Napoleon in the French wars, expected to lead the life of an English country gentleman, but now, two years after Waterloo, his family is impoverished, his name is disgraced and he has been forced to relinquish the woman he loves from her obligation to marry him. Desperate to earn money he accepts the job of being the government's Investigator; an official who discovers whether petitions for mercy sent by condemned criminals should be granted. His first case concerns a portrait painter who is due to hang for murder in a week's time and the government makes it clear that they want the verdict confirmed. But Rider Sandman, whose qualifications for the post are nonexistent, discovers that the painter is almost certainly innocent and, as he peels back the layers of a corrupt penal system, he finds himself pitted against some of the wealthiest and most ruthless men in Regency England who want to keep the truth hidden."@en
  • "Rider Sandman, a hero at Waterloo, returns home to a country where corruption and social unrest run rampant, and where "justice" is most often delivered to those whose primary crime is poverty at the end of a hangman's noose. Penniless, Sandman accepts a job investigating the case of a painter due to be hanged for a murder he didn't commit ..."@en
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  • "England, 1820. Rider Sandman is offered a job as a private investigator, to re-open the case of a painter due to be hanged for a murder he didn't commit. Soon he's mired in a grisly murder plot."
  • "An English nobleman finds himself impoverished and he accepts the government job of investigating whether pardons should be granted to condemned prisoners."@en
  • "England, 1820. Rider Sandman, a hero of Waterloo, returns to a London where high unemployment and social unrest rage, and where men are hanged for the merest of crimes. He's offered a job as private investigator, to re-open the case of a painter due to be hanged for a murder he didn't commit. Soon he's mired in a grisly murder plot, and as Sandman makes his way through gentlemen's clubs and shady taverns, aristocratic mansions, and fashionable painters' studios, he is determined to rescue the innocent young man from the rope. But someone doesn't want the truth revealed."@en
  • "When Waterloo veteran Rider Sandman returns home to England from the war, he finds his country rife with corruption and injustice, and takes a job investigating the case of a painter sentenced to hang for a murder he did not commit."@en
  • "When Waterloo veteran Rider Sandman returns home to England from the war, he finds his country rife with corruption and injustice, and takes a job investigating the case of a painter sentenced to hang for a murder he did not commit."
  • "It is 1817 and Charles Corday, a portrait painter, has only seven days to live. He has been found guilty of murdering a countess whom he was in the process of painting. He has been sentenced to hang, and political pressures make it expedient for the Home Office to confirm his guilt. Rider Sandman has been appointed to investigate but he finds much that does not fit the verdict, and there are many people determined to halt his activities."
  • "An historical mystery and a portrait of capital punishment in 1820s London."
  • "An historical mystery and a portrait of capital punishment in 1820s London."@en

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  • "Downloadable audio books"@en
  • "Historical fiction"
  • "Historical fiction"@en
  • "History"
  • "History"@en
  • "Mystery fiction"@en
  • "Mystery fiction"
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  • "Fiction"@en
  • "Fiction"
  • "Audiobooks"@en
  • "Audiobooks"

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  • "Gallows thief [audio book]"
  • "Gallows thief"@en
  • "Gallows thief"