London 1721. William Spandel is deeply in debt and desperate. Sir Theodore Janssen, director of the recently collapsed South Sea Company, Spandel's major creditor, comes to his rescue. But there is a catch. Spandrel must secretly deliver a package to Amsterdam to a man named de Vries, a friend of Janssen.
A man of his word, Spandrel delivers the package as promised, but things soon take a turn for the worse. He narrowly escapes an attempt on his life, only to find himself accused of murdering de Vries. Then de Vries' secretary and wife go missing, along with the secret package. Spandrel senses that he has become a pawn in a game of international proportions involving many players. British government agents, among others, are hot on his trail, convinced that the package contains secret details concerning the great South Sea financial scandal, information so explosive it could spark a revolution in England.
Spandrel believes his only chance is to find the package and to place it in the right hands. But he's not sure whose hands. And he is definitely not sure what the package contained.
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Robert Goddard's previous novels include Past Caring, In Pale Battalions, Painting the Darkness, Into the Blue, Beyond Recall, Caught in the Light (over 100,000 copies sold in paperback) and Set in Stone.From AudioFile:
What a deceptive reader Paul Shelley is. As he begins Goddard's novel about intrigue in eighteenth-century London, you think he is a perfectly suitable, if uninspiring, companion. But as Goddard's panoply of characters make their appearances, you begin to see Shelley's astonishing range. He proves himself a master of virtually any British dialect while also imbuing Goddard's rich cast of characters with suitable degrees of churlishness, malevolence, and disdain. The novel concerns the pursuit of a mysterious ledger whose contents could destroy the powerful and very likely overturn a monarchy. There's suspense enough to keep the reader listening, but Shelley's skills cinch the deal. M.O. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Bantam, London, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Nice, tight, unsold, unread first edition (British edition) of this historical mystery set in 19th century London. Bookseller Inventory # 001221
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Book Description Bantam Press, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110593042743