Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015.
London, 1727 - and Tom Hawkins is about to fall from his heaven of card games, brothels and coffee-houses into the hell of a debtors' prison. The Marshalsea is a savage world of its own, with simple rules: those with family or friends who can lend them a little money may survive in relative comfort. Those with none will starve in squalor and disease. And those who try to escape will suffer a gruesome fate at the hands of the gaol's rutheless governor and his cronies. The trouble is, Tom Hawkins has never been good at following rules - even simple ones. And the recent grisly murder of a debtor, Captain Roberts, has brought further terror to the gaol. While the Captain's beautiful widow cries for justice, the finger of suspicion points only one way: to the sly, enigmatic figure of Samuel Fleet. Some call Fleet a devil, a man to avoid at all costs. But Tom Hawkins is sharing his cell. Soon, Tom's choice is clear: get to the truth of the murder - or be the next to die. A twisting mystery, a dazzling evocation of early 18th Century London, THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA is a thrilling debut novel full of intrigue and suspense.
Antonia Hodgson proves with this first novel that she is (at a stroke) one of the most impressive practitioners of historical crime fiction, fully deserving the encomium from Jeffery Deaver on the jacket. Her territory is London in 1727, and her protagonist Tom Hawkins has been enjoying the fleshpots of the capital, luxuriating in a world of brothels, coffee houses and gambling dens. But he is about to enter a world grimly familiar to anyone who reads Charles Dickens: the debtors’ prison, Marshalsea. As vividly evoked by Hodgson, this is virtually an entire city within stone walls, with its own ruthless rules and hierarchies. There is one certainty here: those who have connections (either family or friends) who provide some remuneration enjoy a degree of comfort denied their fellow debtors. Hawkins is a winning protagonist, and The Devil in the Marshalsea really is something new in the world of historical crime fiction.
'A rich, elegant and terrifying story.'
- The Bookplank Blog
Publication date: 28/08/2014
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publication date: 01/01/1970
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
|Publication date:||28th August 2014|
|Publisher:||Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,|
Antonia Hodgson w as born and grew up in Derby and studied English at the University of Leeds. Her debut novel, THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA, won the CW A Historical Dagger in 2014 and was shortlisted for the John Creasey First Novel award. In the US, Publishers Weekly named it one of the top 10 Mystery/Thriller titles of the year. She was first introduced to the early Georgians while taking 'A' level History. Unfortunately the course focused almost exclusively on George II's ministerial reshuffles, a subject even George II found staggeringly dull. It was only later, on discovering Hogarth, The ...More About Antonia Hodgson