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Publisher's Summary

The year is 1820 and England has fought its last victorious battle against the French. Rider Sandman, a hero of Waterloo, has finally returned to London to wed his young bride. But instead of being able to settle down to his fame and glory, he finds himself penniless in a country where unemployment and social unrest are raging high, and where men - innocent or guilty - are hung for the merest of crimes. Thus, when the Home Secretary offers him a job as private investigator - to re-open the case of a death-row candidate accused of murder - Sandman readily accepts, as much for the money as for a chance to see justice being done in a country gone to ruins. Soon, however, he is up to his elbows in grisly a murder plot that keeps thickening as Sandman makes his way through gentleman’s clubs and shady taverns, aristocratic mansions and fashionable painters studios, unerringly determined to rescue the innocent young man from the rope. But someone doesn’t want the truth revealed...
©2002 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Glenn Hartman on 02-13-16

Lord Keeble

There's no one that can surpass Lord Jonathan Keeble. He is without a doubt the best narrator my old ears have ever heard.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Deeda on 03-03-15


Would you consider the audio edition of Gallows Thief: A Novel to be better than the print version?

Yes but I've only listened to the unabridged version narrated by Jonathan Kebble. I can't imagine this book would be improved by reading the print version when Kebble brings the voices of the characters to life with such aplomb.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rider Sandman himself would be my favorite however each character brings the story forward in a "can't wait to to turn the page" manner.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Keeble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first but I'll be looking for more in the future.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Marketing is not my thing but it would mention the gritty life of early 19th century London.

Any additional comments?

I'm not usually drawn to write a review of books but this on is so fantastic, such a fabulous combination of author and narrator, that I want to shout from the roof tops to everyone...This is a winner.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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