The English Monster by Lloyd Shepherd

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...The English Monster has a terrific idea at its core, and once Shepherd has got that down on the page, the book becomes a joyously, flamboyantly melodramatic scamper to the solution...
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Two moments in England’s rise to empire, separated by centuries, yet connected by a crime that cannot be forgiven . . .

London, 1811. Along the twisting streets of Wapping, bounded by the ancient Ratcliffe Highway and the modern wonder of the London Dock, many a sin is hidden by the noise and glory of Trade. But now two families have fallen victim to foul murder, and Charles Horton, a senior officer of the newly formed Thames River Police Office, must deliver revenge to a terrified populace.

Plymouth, 1564. Young Billy Ablass arrives in the busy seaport with the burning desire of all young men: the getting and keeping of money. Setting sail on a ship owned by Queen Elizabeth herself seems the likely means to a better life. But the kidnapping of hundreds of human souls in Africa is not the only cursed event to occur on England’s first official slaving voyage. On a sun-blasted Florida islet, Billy too is to be enslaved.

Based on the true story of the gruesome Ratcliffe Highway murders, The English Monster is a breathtaking voyage across centuries, from the Age of Discovery to the Age of Empire, illuminating what happens to Britain as she gains global power but risks losing her soul.
 

About Lloyd Shepherd

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Lloyd Shepherd has worked for the past twelve years as a senior executive in the Internet business, holding senior management positions at Yahoo, The Guardian, Channel 4, and the BBC. Before his online career, Lloyd was a journalist covering the film and TV business for Financial Times and Variety. The English Monster is his first novel.
 
Published May 29, 2012 by Atria Books. 434 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime. Fiction
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Reviewed by Judith Flanders on Feb 24 2012

...The English Monster has a terrific idea at its core, and once Shepherd has got that down on the page, the book becomes a joyously, flamboyantly melodramatic scamper to the solution...

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