AN Experiment in Treason by Bruce Alexander
A Sir John Fielding Mystery (Sir John Fielding Mysteries)

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Consistently hailed as "wonderful" (The New York Times Book Review), the Fielding mysteries are a magical combination of period ambiance, vivid characterization, and intriguing plotlines. In An Experiment in Treason, a packet of incendiary letters is stolen from the London residence of a prominent official, and turns up in the colony of Massachusetts. Why are the contents so controversial? Why has a suspect in the theft turned up dead? And what should Sir John do about his feeling that Benjamin Franklin himself is somehow complicit? While the political tensions rise, Sir John searches for answers and finds that justice isn't always served by the letter of the law.
 

About Bruce Alexander

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Bruce Alexander was the pseudonym for Bruce Cook, the well-known author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction. When Alexander died in late 2003, he had completed most of Rules of Engagement, leaving behind notes on how the remainder of the story was to unfold. The novel has been completed by John Shannon and Alexander's wife, Judith Aller. Shannon himself is the author of four novels as well as six books in the highly praised Jack Liffey mystery series, most recently Terminal Island.
 
Published October 14, 2002 by Putnam Adult. 288 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Benjamin Franklin faces off against blind magistrate Sir John Fielding as protégé Jeremy Proctor, on the brink of manhood and beginning legal studies, recounts Sir John’s ninth adventure, which begins with the burglary of powerful politician Lord Hillsborough’s residence.

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The sleuths enlist the aid of the legendary Samuel Johnson when the government, which is weighing the political merits of charging American patriots with treason, wants American envoy Benjamin Franklin interrogated as a suspect.

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He may be blind but Sir John Fielding is regarded as one of the most intelligent magistrates in 1793 London.

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