Hawkwood A regency crime thriller

James McGee, 1950-

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Subjects
Genres
Regency fiction
Suspense fiction
Published
New York : Pegasus Crime : Distributed by W.W. Norton 2012, c2006.
Edition
1st Pegasus Books cloth ed
Language
English
Item Description
Originally published: London : HarperCollins, 2006.
Physical Description
409 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781605983684
1605983683
Main Author
James McGee, 1950- (-)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

In 1811 London, Matthew Hawkwood is a larger-than-life legend, both to the criminals he now hunts as a Bow Street Runner and to those lucky enough to have seen him in action as an officer with the 95th Rifles. When a Navy officer is killed and mutilated for the message pouch he's carrying, Hawkwood is chosen to find out who did it and retrieve the top-secret information. Making his U.S. debut with this series launch, McGee populates the story with a large, involving cast of characters, but not all of them are essential to the plot's forward movement. He also liberally inserts historically appropriate details, adding a satisfying nonfiction feel to the book but also slowing its pacing to some degree. Descriptive details of a seedy, brutally violent world; the struggle between strictly upholding the law vs. punishing the truly guilty; and a host of political, military, and criminal elements counterbalance the fast-paced action once it begins. VERDICT Readers of C.S. Harris, Bernard Cornwell, and C.S. Forester, along with Dirk Pitt fans who enjoy historical fiction, will snap up this adventure. [Pegasus will also publish the other titles in this series: Resurrectionist, Rapscallion, and Rebellion.—Ed.]—Stacey Hayman, Rocky River P.L., OH [Page 67]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Action sequences propel McGee's rousing first of a Regency England crime series, originally published in the U.K. as Ratcatcher. When highwaymen attack a coach in a rural part of Camberwell, the villains shoot an admiralty courier dead, then cut off the courier's hand to seize a dispatch pouch secured by a chain to the man's wrist. Chief magistrate James Read assigns Capt. Matthew Hawkwood, an ex-army sniper now employed as a Bow Street Runner, to identify the criminals, though Read keeps Hawkwood ignorant of the stolen pouch's contents, which are vital to the realm's safety. Vivid and moving descriptions of the squalid areas of London more than make up for some familiar story elements, including dubious underworld allies and an attractive woman whom Hawkwood rescues from some lascivious noblemen. While the whodunit aspect is less cerebral than in the works of Bruce Alexander, historical thriller fans will look forward to the sequels. Agent: Jennifer Weltz, Jean Naggar Agency. (May) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Matthew Hawkwood investigates the seemingly mundane double murder of a coachman and a naval courier, but he soon discovers that their deaths may have been orchestrated by a foreign emperor in an attempt to deal a psychological blow to Britain.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The first historical thriller in the investigator Matthew Hawkwood series, hunter of thieves, spies, and murderers in the streets of Regency London.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The year is 1811, and Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood is ordered by Chief Magistrate James Read to investigate the double murder of a coachman and a naval courier on the Kent Road.Hawkwood is initially puzzled as to why Read is so concerned by this relatively mundane case, but as his investigation unfolds, another body is discovered and a higher agenda begins to emerge—an attempt by the Emperor Napoleon to bring about a crushing military and psychological blow to Britain, the means of which would bring terror to the seas for years to come . . .

Review by Publisher Summary 4

James McGee&;s historical crime thriller introduces a Regency-era James Bond who uncovers a sinister Napoleonic plot against Britain.The year is 1811, and Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood is ordered by Chief Magistrate James Read to investigate the double murder of a coachman and a naval courier on the Kent Road.Hawkwood initially wonders why Read is so concerned by this relatively mundane case, but before long, another body is discovered, and a higher agenda emerges&;an attempt by the Emperor Napoleon to deliver a crushing military and psychological blow to Britain that could lead cause terror on the seas for years to come. . . .Gripping and fast-paced, the first book in the Hawkwood Mysteries is an impressively researched novel of suspense that features an enigmatic hero facing a dangerous threat to his homeland during the Napoleonic Wars.