The Devil's Company

The Devil's Company

Book - 2009
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From the acclaimed author of The Whiskey Rebels and A Conspiracy of Paper comes a superb new historical thriller set in the splendor and squalor of eighteenth-century London. In Benjamin Weaver, David Liss has created one of fiction's most enthralling characters.

The year is 1722. Ruffian for hire, ex-boxer, and master of disguise, Weaver finds himself caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse, pitted against Jerome Cobb, a wealthy and mysterious schemer who needs Weaver's strength and guile for his own treacherous plans.

Weaver is blackmailed into stealing documents from England's most heavily guarded estate, the headquarters of the ruthless British East India Company, but the theft of corporate secrets is only the first move in a daring conspiracy within the eighteenth century's most powerful corporation. To save his friends and family from Cobb's reach, Weaver must infiltrate the Company, navigate its warring factions, and uncover a secret plot of corporate rivals, foreign spies, and government operatives. With millions of pounds and the security of the nation at stake, Weaver will find himself in a labyrinth of hidden agendas, daring enemies, and unexpected allies.

With the explosive action and scrupulous period research that are David Liss's trademarks, The Devil's Company , depicting the birth of the modern corporation, is the most impressive achievement yet from an author who continues to set ever higher standards for historical suspense.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400064199
Branch Call Number: Mystery
Characteristics: 369 p. ; 25 cm


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Apr 02, 2017

An interesting story. Complex plot and characters. The author wrote in a style that would sound normal in that time period, so it made it seem more realistic. I may read another book of his, as well.

Jul 06, 2016

I recently stumbled on the novels of David Liss, who has written a series of mysteries set in 18th century novel and featuring a Jewish boxer turned private investigator (or at least the 18th century equivalent). Aside from being well-crafted and suspenseful, Liss does a fantastic job of evoking the milieu of the era, as well as tackling more serious issues. In the first book, "A Conspiracy of Paper," the early days of the stock market was the backdrop, while in the second novel in the series, it was politics. This is the third in the series and the East India Company is a key part of the story. It does help if you have some familiarity with the time period of have read authors from the period like Henry Fielding and Samuel Johnson. I seldom say this, but it would make a great film or TV series.


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