Scent of Death by Andrew Taylor

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In his latest, Taylor...conjures up crime fiction from an unlikely setting—rough-and-tumble New York City during the American Revolution...What follows are stabbings, torture and murder, much alcohol downed, appalling revelations about slavery and class, and a sin that’s never explained.
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*WINNER of the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award 2013*
‘Andrew Taylor wrote superb historical fiction long before Hilary Mantel was popular’ Daily Telegraph
From the No.1 bestselling author of THE AMERICAN BOY comes a new historical thriller set during the American War of Independence.

‘This is the story of a woman and a city. I saw the city first, shimmering from afar like the new Jerusalem in the setting sun. It was Sunday, 2nd August 1778.’

Edward Savill, a London clerk from the American Department, is assigned to New York to investigate the claims of dispossessed loyalists caught on the wrong side of the American War of Independence.

Surrounded by its enemies, British Manhattan is a melting pot of soldiers, profiteers, double agents and a swelling tide of refugees seeking justice from the Crown.

Savill lodges with the respected Wintour family: the old Judge, his ailing wife and their enigmatic daughter-in-law Arabella. The family lives in limbo, praying for the safe return of Jack Wintour, Arabella's husband, who is missing behind rebel lines.

The discovery of a body in the notorious slums of Canvas Town thrusts Savill into a murder inquiry. But in the escalating violence of a desperate city, why does one death matter? Because the secret this killing hides could be the key to power for whoever uncovers it…

 

About Andrew Taylor

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Andrew Taylor is the award-winning author of a number of crime novels, including the Dougal series, the Lydmouth books and The Barred Window. He and his wife live with their children in the Forest of Dean.
 
Published February 25, 2013 by UK General Books. 368 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Aug 14 2014

In his latest, Taylor...conjures up crime fiction from an unlikely setting—rough-and-tumble New York City during the American Revolution...What follows are stabbings, torture and murder, much alcohol downed, appalling revelations about slavery and class, and a sin that’s never explained.

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Good
Reviewed by Judith Flanders on Mar 08 2013

...what is loyalty, and to whom is it owed? Taylor's skill is that this question runs through the novel, and yet the reader is as shocked as Savill each time a betrayal or, in this labyrinthine world, a betrayal of a betrayal reveals itself.

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