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A Spectacle of Corruption by David Liss
A Spectacle of Corruption features the return of Benjamin Weaver (first introduced in A Conspiracy of Paper). Weaver works as a thieftaker in 1722 England, recovering stolen items and collecting debts, sometimes by nefarious means. He finds himself quickly convicted and sentenced to death for a murder he didn't commit. While trying to fathom why someone wants him out of the way, another unknown party helps him to escape. With a bounty on his head, Weaver dons a disguise as a wealthy landowner from the West Indies and tries to find those who wanted him dead. He uncovers layers of deceit and corruption connected to the coming national election that just might bring down King George I. David Liss has written another historical novel receiving praise for his finely drawn characters against a realistic background. BookPage.com says, "This masterful evocation of time and place, along with the story's charm and adventure, make A Spectacle of Corruption a fascinating and worthwhile read."