Bellman & Black: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 5, 2013 - Fiction - 328 pages
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ONE MOMENT IN TIME CAN HAUNT YOU FOREVER.

Caught up in a moment of boyhood competition, William Bellman recklessly aims his slingshot at a rook resting on a branch, killing the bird instantly. It is a small but cruel act, and is soon forgotten. By the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, William seems to have put the whole incident behind him. It was as if he never killed the thing at all. But rooks don’t forget . . .

Years later, when a stranger mysteriously enters William’s life, his fortunes begin to turn—and the terrible and unforeseen consequences of his past indiscretion take root. In a desperate bid to save the only precious thing he has left, he enters into a rather strange bargain, with an even stranger partner. Together, they found a decidedly macabre business.

And Bellman & Black is born.
  

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User Review  - Barbara Hoffert - Book Verdict

As a child, William Bellman nastily kills a bird with a slingshot but doesn't suffer the consequences until decades later when all his good fortune starts crumbling away. Soon, a black-garbed stranger ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bryan Ruston - Goodreads

I loved Diane's book and couldn't put it down. I was just looking yesterday at the book store for something that would catch my attention. I bought it and read it in one day. It is very engaging and ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Diane Setterfield is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Thirteenth Tale, and a former academic, specializing in twentieth-century French literature, particularly the works of Andre Gide. She lives in Yorkshire, England.

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