Gallows Thief

Gallows Thief

Bernard Cornwell / Jun 03, 2020
Gallows Thief The year is Rider Sandman a hero of Waterloo returns to London to wed his fianc e But instead of settling down to fame and glory he finds himself penniless in a country where high unemployment
  • Title: Gallows Thief
  • Author: Bernard Cornwell
  • ISBN: 9780060082741
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Paperback
  • The year is 1820 Rider Sandman, a hero of Waterloo, returns to London to wed his fianc e But instead of settling down to fame and glory, he finds himself penniless in a country where high unemployment and social unrest rage, and where men innocent or guilty are hanged for the merest of crimes.When he s offered a job as private investigator to re open the case of a painteThe year is 1820 Rider Sandman, a hero of Waterloo, returns to London to wed his fianc e But instead of settling down to fame and glory, he finds himself penniless in a country where high unemployment and social unrest rage, and where men innocent or guilty are hanged for the merest of crimes.When 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, Sandman readily accepts as much for the money as for a chance to see justice done in a country gone to ruins.Soon, however, he s mired in a grisly murder plot that keeps thickening Sandman makes his way through gentlemen s clubs and shady taverns, aristocratic mansions, and fashionable painters studios determined to rescue the innocent young man from the rope But someone doesn t want the truth revealed.
    Gallows Thief Gallows Thief by Bernard Cornwell Gallows Thief follows the beginnings of the post Napoleonic War career of Captain Rider Sandman, who has been commissioned to investigate a murder A man has been framed and is condemned to die Will Sandman find the evidence to save him in time Most of the Gallows Thief A Novel So he finds himself forced to take a temporary job as a gallow s thief for the Crown, to investigate whether or not a young painter named Corday actually committed the vicious murder he Gallows Thief Bernard Cornwell Gallows Thief is a detective story, set in Regency London, a time when there were no detectives as such There was a very busy gallows, however There was a very busy gallows, however This was a period when the English and Welsh gallows were at their busiest and, very occasionally, the government appointed an Investigator to look into a conviction. Gallows Thief A Novel Kindle edition by Cornwell So he finds himself forced to take a temporary job as a gallow s thief for the Crown, to investigate whether or not a young painter named Corday actually committed the vicious murder he Gallows Thief by Bernard Cornwell, Paperback Barnes Noble May , The Paperback of the Gallows Thief by Bernard Cornwell at Barnes Noble FREE Shipping on or Due to COVID , orders may be delayed Thank you for your patience Book Annex Membership Educators Gift Cards Stores Events Help Auto Suggestions are available once you type at least letters Gallows Thief Bernard Cornwell Gallows Thief s Britain after the wars with France, when unemployment was high and soldiers could be paid off, when the government was desperately afraid of social unrest, any crime was drastically punished and thousands were hung. The Gallows Thief, by Bernard Cornwell The Gallows Thief, book Read reviews from world s largest community for readers. GALLOWS THIEF AudioFile Magazine Reviews New Reviews Check out our recent audiobook reviews Search Reviews Find a pick by author, narrator or title Earphones Awards Search our favorite listens with these award winners Podcast Check out our Behind the Mic podcast Narrators Golden Voices Explore listen to the Best of the Best narrators Narrators Spotlight on some popular narrators Index A D Find your favorite
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      • Bernard Cornwell

        Cornwell was born in London in 1944 His father was a Canadian airman, and his mother, who was English, a member of the Women s Auxiliary Air Force He was adopted and brought up in Essex by the Wiggins family, who were members of the Peculiar People, a strict Protestant sect who banned frivolity of all kinds and even medicine After he left them, he changed his name to his birth mother s maiden name, Cornwell.Cornwell was sent away to Monkton Combe School, attended the University of London, and after graduating, worked as a teacher He attempted to enlist in the British armed services at least three times but was rejected on the grounds of myopia.He then joined BBC s Nationwide and was promoted to become head of current affairs at BBC Northern Ireland He then joined Thames Television as editor of Thames News He relocated to the United States in 1980 after marrying an American Unable to get a green card, he started writing novels, as this did not require a work permit.As a child, Cornwell loved the novels of C.S Forester, chronicling the adventures of fictional British naval officer Horatio Hornblower during the Napoleonic Wars, and was surprised to find there were no such novels following Lord Wellington s campaign on land Motivated by the need to support himself in the U.S through writing, Cornwell decided to write such a series He named his chief protagonist Richard Sharpe, a rifleman involved in most major battles of the Peninsular War.Cornwell wanted to start the series with the Siege of Badajoz but decided instead to start with a couple of warm up novels These were Sharpe s Eagle and Sharpe s Gold, both published in 1981 Sharpe s Eagle was picked up by a publisher, and Cornwell got a three book deal He went on to tell the story of Badajoz in his third Sharpe novel, Sharpe s Company, published in 1982.Cornwell and wife Judy co wrote a series of novels, published under the pseudonym Susannah Kells These were A Crowning Mercy, published in 1983, Fallen Angels in 1984, and Coat of Arms aka The Aristocrats in 1986 Cornwell s strict Protestant upbringing informed the background of A Crowning Mercy, which took place during the English Civil War In 1987, he also published Redcoat, an American Revolutionary War novel set in Philadelphia during its 1777 occupation by the British.After publishing eight books in his ongoing Sharpe series, Cornwell was approached by a production company interested in adapting them for television The producers asked him to write a prequel to give them a starting point to the series They also requested that the story feature a large role for Spanish characters to secure co funding from Spain The result was Sharpe s Rifles, published in 1987, and a series of Sharpe television films staring Sean Bean.A series of contemporary thrillers with sailing as a background and common themes followed Wildtrack published in 1988, Sea Lord aka Killer s Wake in 1989, Crackdown in 1990, Stormchild in 1991, and Scoundrel, a political thriller, in 1992.In June 2006, Cornwell was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen s 80th Birthday Honours List.Cornwell s latest work, Azincourt, was released in the UK in October 2008 The protagonist is an archer who participates in the Battle of Agincourt, another devastating defeat suffered by the French in the Hundred Years War However, Cornwell has stated that it will not be about Thomas of Hookton from The Grail Quest or any of his relatives.

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    1. I really enjoyed this From about halfway through, I was checking to see if this could be the first in a series, as there was plenty of opportunity and story material for one, but alas, no Set in the Regency period, this story places the spotlight on hanging as corporal punishment Between 1816 and 1820 was a particularly busy time for hangings in England and than 500 were carried out in that time Apparently, this was only about a tenth of the number sentenced to be hung, but through a rigorous a [...]


    2. A poor aristocrat takes a job on with the gallows in London and is exposed to the underbelly of noble society while trying to save a man from execution who he suspects is innocent.It has the usual Bernard Cornwell quality.Audio Go presents this one and Sean Barrett delivers a wonderful variety of British voices OVERALL GRADE B plus.


    3. One of Cornwell s finest It is London in 1820, an England of much poverty, social injustice and social ills, and the gallows are busier than they have ever been in England with men and women hung for a variety of crimes without distinction between foul murder and petty theft.A tragic scene at the beginning of the novel made a great impression on me, where an innocent young girl, a maidservant, is hung for having allegedly stolen a pearl necklace and her protestations of innocence ignored This wa [...]


    4. As witnessed by my 5 start rating I thought this was a fabulous book I am not sure if listening to it in audio form rather than reading it affected my enjoyment but when a book makes you put in extra time at the gym so you can listen to , it s gotta be good.Set in 1817, two years after the Battle of Waterloo, Rider Sandman is no longer engaged to the woman he loves, has given up his commission in the army and no longer enjoys the privilege that money affords Not being able to support himself on [...]


    5. Review in Portuguese from Desbravado Livros Dessa vez, resolvi apostar em um g nero diferente de um dos meus autores favoritos Nesse livro, Bernard Cornwell deixa um pouco de lado os seus magn ficos romances hist ricos e investe em um g nero muito peculiar entre os leitores o romance policial E a narrativa dele continua primorosa, diga se de passagemSomos apresentados ao capit o Rider Sandman, que volta para casa depois de ter lutado contra os franceses na batalha de Waterloo e depara se com uma [...]


    6. London 1817, Newgate where the crowds gather to watch the death throes of people on the gallows Charles Corday, a portrait painter, is sentenced to hang but is he guilty Rider Sandman, who fought at Waterloo, sets out to prove his innocence But can he do so before the hangman slips the noose A tremendous, exciting read with the ambience of London of the early 1800s brilliantly captured.


    7. I never thought I d say this about a Cornwell book, but here it goes this was crap I can t quite bring myself to hate one of his books, so I guess 2 stars is than enough for the cheap thrills and predictable plot.My biggest peeves Right of the bat cricket pun intended is te hero of the hour Captain Rider Sandman, or as I like to call him, Captain Awesome McCoolname Cpt Mcname here is, indeed, awesome He is a former cricket superstar, memorable figure of the Waterloo battle, and so righteous I w [...]


    8. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, I thought it was great fun This is the first book I ve read by Bernard Cornwell and I specifically chose this one because it was set in England during the reign of King George III and it wasn t as dominated by war like the majority of Cornwell s other novels I liked that this seemed to be equal parts historical fiction and mystery I love when I m reading a mystery that has characters I care enough about to make the mystery an added element of enjoyment rather tha [...]


    9. In 1820 London where you could be executed by the hangman for petit thief, Rider Sandman is asked to investigate a condemned man s guilt.An artist is convicted of murder Sandman is no detective but he needs the money so he gladly accepts the work Sandman is a captain who fought at Waterloo but on his return to England his family is disgraced by his father s misdeeds and subsequent suicide The murder investigation leads to Rider uncovering scandalous behavior in the aristocracy and a corrupt pena [...]


    10. I enjoy Cornwell He kind of got me into historical novels Louis L Amour once said, the easiest way to learn history is through reading historical novels I agree.Gallow s Thief is a well researched mystery novel that took place in 1800 s England Let me say, that I m glad that I live in 21st century America.It is a good read, check it out.


    11. If you love the Sharpe, Uthred, Grail or Arthur Novels this is probably not the book for you.This is unlike any other Cornwell book i ve read It s very heavy and very slow The cover is also very misleading, while i Understand the placement of the portrait, a silhouette of the hangman s nose would be much accurate and atmospherical given the only swordplay is brief and inconsequential That being said it s not a bad read, only different to anything I ve experienced from the author before and not [...]


    12. This book deserves than 4 stars but I can t quite call it 5 I loved the book and need to see if there is a follow up book, may even pay full price to read it I have read a few others by this author and think I need to start the Sharpe series He is amazing storyteller and historian I love the Napoleonic War sagas Maybe Gallows Thief deserves a 5


    13. This is a neat little period crime thriller that I wish was a series A brilliant little surprise I found it quite compelling This is actually the first Cornwall novel I ve ever read.


    14. Bernard Cornwell, English born and now American, is probably the most prolific author of arguably the greatest historical potboilers in the English language except, of course, the inestimable Patrick O Brien Certainly Cornwell s range is the greatest eighteen novels on the 18th century British army the Sharp Stories three Arthurian Britain novels the Warlord Chronicles eight novels about pagans Norsemen and Saxons and Christians in 12th century Britain the Saxon Tales, see reviews four novels ab [...]


    15. I read this earlier in the week and failed to move from my reading cove and visit my laptop to write my thoughts on this book I am a big fan of Cornwell s Sharpe and Saxon series, and with this departure and short visit to the Regency Period he did the usual created one honorable though flawed hero you want to read of For now, it seems, there is just one Sandman book If another appears, I will read it Why did I award only 3 stars HmmmHaving read every Georgette Heyer book times than I should p [...]


    16. I really enjoyed this and wish Bernard had written another Rider Sandman book I loved the character A fun read and quick Loved Sally Hood and could see a series with her and her brother the highwayman Keep it up Bernard.


    17. This is likely my favorite book that I ve read by Bernard Cornwell.Although he always writes well researched historical novels, many ofthem are just a little bit too masculine and military focused for mytaste With this historical mystery set in 19th century London, heachieves a balanced milieu.Rider Sandman returns to London a veteran of the Battle of Waterlooexpecting the respect given a military hero However, he finds that inhis absence, his father gambled the family fortune away, and thencom [...]


    18. One of Cornwell s finest It is London in 1820, an England of much poverty, social injustice and social ills, and the gallows are busier than they have ever been in England with men and women hung for a variety of crimes without distinction between foul murder and petty theft.A tragic scene at the beginning of the novel made a great impression on me, where an innocent young girl, a maidservant, is hung for having allegedly stolen a pearl necklace and her protestations of innocence ignored This wa [...]


    19. Hard boiled meets historical fiction Any cliche in the Who done it detective fiction plot is overshadowed by the brilliant insight into a period of history with which Bernard Cornwall is well acquainted Matthew Shardlake meets Richard Sharp.


    20. Rider Sandman ist ein verarmter Offizier blieb aber immer zutiefst ehrlich und ehrenhaft Als er eines Tages vom Innenminister den Auftrag erh lt, einen Mordfall nochmals zu untersuchen, macht er sich daran die Hintergr nde im Gegensatz zur Justiz wirklich aufzukl ren und st t schon bald auf ein Netzwerk der Oberschicht, die seine Arbeit verhindern m chte Der Roman ist eine Anklage der Todesstrafe, nicht nur unter den Voraussetzungen des fr hen 19 Jahrhunderts.Sprachlich hat man einen echten Corn [...]


    21. This Regency period mystery yarn from Sharpe writer Cornwell is a tour de force of a novel, containing as it does a little of everything real, raw romance some gripping action and a detective style plot that twists and turns all over place until the final, shocking denouement.As a story, it deals with some pretty unpleasant subject matters we get to see what life in prison for the condemned was like, whilst the final dance of the gallows bookends the novel in excruciating detail Within the pages [...]


    22. This was the last of Bernard Cornwell s books that I read I have read all of his books and am a real fan This gets only 4 stars because of the way he educates us in Flash language which, whilst interesting is done in a tell me rather than a show me way.Cornwell s descriptive writing is excellent and when he was describing the entrance to the prison and rotten row I was ho ding my breath to keep out the smell.Rider, the main character, an ex officer in the Napoleonic wars, carries on what Sharpe [...]


    23. This was a well told story but I felt that it lacked heart, as though the author just didn t care all that much It was basically a simple murder mystery set in the past, and I never lost the feeling that the characters were all well, characters, created to tell the story I rarely felt as though they were real people There were some moments of true drama and tension though, namely the action scenes I ve heard that Bernard Cornwell is a great writer of action and battles and now I agree It s just [...]


    24. I don t think Bernard Cornwell has ever written a story that I didn t enjoy his blending of the historical with the fictional This is one of his best, about one of the busiest periods for the gallows of England and Wales There were 2,028 executions in England and Wales between 1805 and 1832, about 75 executions a year The hero of the Gallow Thief is expected to rubber stamp the verdict that is sending an innocent man to be hung for murder The question is even if he doesn t will he be able to sav [...]


    25. This is an excellently told exciting tale set in England just after Napoleon s defeat at Waterloo Has someone been wrongly accused of murder Will the hero, an army officer who fought at Waterloo, get evidence that will save him from the gallows This is a thriller that takes place in the era that Georgette Heyer describes so well Cornwell also captures the period brilliantly.Filled with wonderful characters this book kept me engaged from start to its breathless finish.


    26. i listened to the john keeble audiobook reading and was fabulous listening to that last scene reading is literally yes breathtaking why o why is this not a series he s already carefully set up his band of characters, adventures await especially with keeble.i only wish i could listen to the sharpe series, which is all we get, it seems, but with frederick davidson impossible.


    27. Decent historical adventure mystery, obviously very well researched Good characters and period detail are marred by an excess of sexual references slang nothing graphic, but it gets fairly crude and an unsatisfying resolution I ll try of Cornwell s stuff in the future, but I don t _particularly_ recommend this one, despite an awesome hero.


    28. Excellent audio performance moves this fine historical mystery up to at least 4.5 stars I ve long been a Bernard Cornwell fan, but, IMO, this is his very best work would love to see him make it into a series



    29. Surprisingly exciting mystery, nicely drawn out not too Not Christian based but overall viewpoint is It s not a bad thing Well narrated by Jonathan Keyball Recommended.


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